American Juniors debuts tonight.

American Juniors debuts tonight.
FOX gives kids ages 6 to 13 a chance at stardom (but not humiliation) tonight at 8 p.m. ET when American Juniors debuts. Unlike its parent show, however, there won’t be just one winner, but five, and together they’ll form a new group. The show’s structure involves viewers voting for their favorite contestants each week to both narrow a group of 20 to 10, and to pick the five winners from that group of 10 finalists; in other words, no one is voted out, but they’re voted in. The three judges have yet to be named; they’ll appear on the June 17 episode, when Ryan shows up for the first time. USA TODAY says the eight-week show is “a pint-sized, cruelty-free ‘Idol,'” although “Fox’s typical cruelty angle centers on micromanager stage moms.”
+ also: Ryan: “I read what I’m given.”

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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