viewers pick Last Comic Standing tonight; NBC limiting number of calls.

viewers pick Last Comic Standing tonight; NBC limiting number of calls.
After tonight’s episode, viewers will vote to select the person who will truly be the Last Comic Standing. Five finalists remain: Dat, Cory, Rich, Ralphie, and Tess. (Gannett profiles the final five in greater detail.) Each will perform for five minutes from Paris in Las Vegas. Viewers can then vote online or by phone until one hour after the show ends; the number is 1-866-VOTE4, with 01 to 05 added to the end to specify a contestant. According to their press release about the episode, NBC is limiting the number of calls to three from each phone number. The winner will be announced on next week’s two-hour finale.

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.