Howard Stern sues Are You Hot.

Howard Stern sues Are You Hot.
Howard Stern has filed a lawsuit against the producers of Are You Hot?, making his talk of a suit a reality. It alleges the ABC show, which begins its finals round Thursday, is a “blatant rip-off of The Evaluators,” a bit on his radio show. The suit, as published by The Smoking Gun, details other connections between the two shows (ABC’s show staff includes a former producer of Howard’s E! show and Jackie Martling, Howard’s former head writer) and asks for “tens of millions of dollars” and punitive damages.
+ also: low ratings put the show in 71st place.
+ and: EW’s Joel Stein hangs out with Lorenzo.

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.

about the writer

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.