Real Roseanne Show debuts tonight.

Real Roseanne Show debuts tonight.
The Real Roseanne Show, a 13-episode series following Roseanne Barr as she gets ready to produce a new show for ABC Family, debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on synergy-happy ABC. Produced by American High creator R.J. Cutler, the cast includes Roseanne’s “son, Jake, and son-in-law, Jeff, who become her producers; her first ex-husband, Bill, and his current wife, Becky, who work as Roseanne’s personal assistants; Drew, the one writer whom she’s never fired; and her best friend/confidante/makeup artist Shannon.” USA TODAY traces Roseanne’s evolution from confrontation sit-com star who screeched the national anthem at a baseball game to a person who says she’s always “trying to say the good thing” now. Newsday says the show is “real fascinating,” and The Baltimore Sun says it “is still worthy of consideration by viewers interested in show business, television, celebrity and the idea of family,” but The Washington Post‘s Tom Shales doesn’t like it or Roseanne, writing that “beneath all the chiseled flesh lurks the same old overweening, self-obsessed shrew.”

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.