next up: The Real World San Diego.

next up: The Real World San Diego.
Open calls continue this weekend for the 14th season of The Real World. Those selected will head to California, the show’s third visit to the state, and live in San Diego, according to The Boston Herald (second item). The paper reports Hundreds of aspiring reality TV stars” showed up for auditions, as did Road Rules South Pacific cast member Donell, who said he “beat the odds … [as] the first-ever overweight cast member … It feels good to start a trend. … If me being fat makes me somebody better than you, I’m gonna do that.” The Real World San Diego is scheduled to begin shooting this August; the 13th season, set in Paris, debuts Tuesday on MTV.

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.