Kelly’s album debuts at number one; finalists single will also debut at the top.

Kelly’s album debuts at number one; finalists single will also debut at the top.
American Idol definitely works: Kelly Clarkson’s album Thankful is the number one album in the United States after selling 300,000 copies over the past week. An RCA exec “attributed Clarkson’s first-week sales success to the power of television,” Reuters reports. Additionally, Ryan Seacrest reported on last night’s show that the God Bless the USA single recorded by this season’s finalists is definitely debuting at number one, although Reuters reports that the 100,000 copies sold “[make] it likely to hit No. 1.”
+ also: Kimberly Caldwell and JD Adams are dating.

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.