All American Girl debuts tonight.

All American Girl debuts tonight.
The producers of American Idol turn their attention to young women tonight at 9 p.m. ET as ABC debuts All American Girl, a sort of reality TV Miss America pageant. Instead of singers there are women; instead of judges there are coaches; instead of product placement there is, well, even more product placement. The 13-week series will include audience votes that result in the elimination of finalists; the winner will be awarded a management contract. The show, by the way, shares its name with a cancelled ABC sitcom that starred Margaret Cho, who jokes, “They’re bringing back my show?”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.