Last Comic Standing debuts tonight.

Last Comic Standing debuts tonight.
NBC’s Last Comic Standing, subtitled “The Search for the Funniest Person in America,” debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET with two back-to-back hour-long episodes. It follows a talent search in front of a panel of judges, and then watches as the group of finalists live in a house together and apparently vote one comic out every week. The last comic standing after eight episodes gets “an exclusive talent contract” with NBC and a Comedy Central special. The show repeats on Comedy Central Saturday nights at 9 p.m. ET, except this Saturday, when the first two eps air from 8 to 10. The show is hosted and produced by Jay Mohr, and the judges are Joy Behar, Buddy Hackett, Mo’Nique, Colin Quinn, Caroline Rhea, and Joe Rogan.
+ also: EW critic tries out for the show.

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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