7.5 million text messages were sent for American Idol 2 votes, polls.

7.5 million text messages were sent for American Idol 2 votes, polls.
During American Idol 2, AT&T Wireless says that more than 7.5 million text messages were sent. MediaDailyNews reports that on April 8, “viewers sent over 2.5 million messages. Peak traffic immediately following the show exceeded one thousand messages per second.” And “nearly one-third of the people sending messages for American Idol had never used text-messaging before,” which is remarkable because text messaging, or SMS, has not caught on yet in the US as it has elsewhere in the world.
+ plus: Ruben will shoot his video in Birmingham this weekend.

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.