with two group slots open, is American Juniors “insufferable” or “refreshing”?

with two group slots open, is American Juniors “insufferable” or “refreshing”?
Disagreeing with The New York Times’ Frank Rich, who called American Juniors “Fox’s insufferable weekly tots’ talent contest,” and with viewers who have been steadily abandoning the show, Slate’s Ann Hulbert says it is “refreshing summer entertainment for the family.” She argues that “the low stakes … are the source of the show’s appeal” and that “all the Idol prime-time glitz hasn’t really managed to transform that timeless American favorite, the youth talent contest, very much.” So far, three group members (of an eventual five) have been selected: Taylor Thompson, Tori Thompson, and Chauncey Matthews.

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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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.