“We were actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.”

“We were actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.”
Manor House‘s Sir John, also known as John Olliff-Cooper, says in a chat that the family was “actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.” He also reveals that his wife’s sister, Avril, “won’t talk to me at all, which is fine.” He and kitchen maid Antonia Dawson, who challenged his comments about poor people, also discuss other parts of the show, including learning of the Sept. 11 attacks during the production, which occurred throughout the fall of 2001.
John’s wife, Anna Olliff-Cooper says in a chat with the butler that at first she “didn’t see myself as one of the upstairs participants” and now thinks she “could’ve done one of the downstairs jobs.” And butler Hugh Edgar reveals he “had training for four days from the adviser to ‘Gosford Park,'” and confirms that “[t]he chamber pots were used.”

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.