NBC’s Fame debuts tonight.

NBC’s Fame debuts tonight.
A week after the conclusion of American Idol, NBC is debuting its talent-search reality TV show, called Fame, at 8 p.m. ET tonight. Like the film and TV series with the same name, it involves Debbie Allen. The 10-episode show “will chronicle Allen’s attempts to recruit multi-talented performers (ages 16 and up) from across the country, followed by an intense ‘boot camp’ drill by Allen.” Later, viewers will be able to vote for finalists; the winner gets “recording and management contracts, agent representation and a year at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.” The series is hosted by ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone, and is produced by Stone Stanley, who produced Popstars and The Mole.

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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