Nick and Jessica’s marriage “built on a foundation of ego and image.”

Nick and Jessica’s marriage “built on a foundation of ego and image.”
MTV’s recently renewed hit Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica shows the stars’ “relationship to be built on a foundation of ego and image. There is only token affection expressed between the two newlyweds; more often, you simply see Nick irritated and bored with Jessica,” the Star-Telegram’s Christopher Kelly writes. The couple “[allow] envy and competitiveness to consume them, without their even realizing it.” He writes that the show is “both a study in our modern celebrity obsessions and a scathing attack on the celebrities who fuel them.”
+ also: does the stupid statement belong to Jessica Simpson or Anna Nicole Smith?

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.

about the writer

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.