Freshman Diaries debuts Sunday.

Freshman Diaries debuts Sunday.

American High producer RJ Cutler turns his cameras on a group of kids once again, but this time, they’re in college, and on cable. Showtime’s 10-episode Freshman Diaries, which debuts Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET and repeats at 11 and often after that, follows 16 first-year students at the University of Texas in Austin, and also includes footage shot by the students themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle says it “isn’t an automatic groan-fest” and even “manages to feel quaint.” The New York Times says it “is edited to highlight drinking, parties, sex, angst and more drinking” and “is a useful reminder of how television–and in this generation, reality television–has homogenized American culture.”

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.