Restaurant taping over, may return.

Restaurant taping over, may return.
NBC and Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant, which debuts on July 20 at 10 p.m. ET, concluded taping last Saturday, although NBC might decide to bring the cameras back, presumably if the show is a success. Before the cameras disappeared, Time’s James Poniewozik visited, and found that “the surveillance is near total: in addition to five camera crews weaving around the wait staff, there are cameras on the ceiling, over the bar and behind two-way mirrors.” Some patrons applied and became cast members as they ate; Burnett says of those patrons and the staff, many of whom were actors, “This cast would do great on Survivor, as far as dramatic television.”
+ also: chef and owner Rocco DiSpirito: “The fact that the restaurant opening is being shot is a good thing. Or it could be the biggest mistake of my life.”

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.