Pop Idol 2 debuts Saturday.

Pop Idol 2 debuts Saturday.
Although the US version has already burned through two seasons, the second Pop Idol series begins tomorrow–well over a year after the first series concluded. The show starts at 7.15 p.m. Saturday on ITV; beforehand, a one-hour special will update viewers about previous contestants–and air opposite the BBC’s Fame Academy, which began July 26. Simon Cowell will again judge; he says that “the desire this year is stronger,” and says “the American girls tend to be better than the English girls” but there are “English girls who are very, very good. Certainly much, much better than we saw in the first series.” Last year’s winner, Will Young, attempted to enter again but was caught because he used his real address.

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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