Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss “get[s] nervous about all the shows, … ratings.”

Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss “get[s] nervous about all the shows, … ratings.”
Although he’s apparently unaware that we’re currently on the fourth season of The Bachelor (fifth if you include The Bachelorette), creator Mike Fleiss says he “get[s] nervous about all the shows, all the ratings. Even though it’s the third season of ‘The Bachelor,’ I still freak out and can’t sleep at night. I’m a tweaker that way, and I’m always thinking that I’m 15 minutes away from being out of the business.” Today he’s nervous about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which he co-produced. He also produced a reality TV movie called The Quest, but after Bunim-Murray’s The Real Cancun bombed at the box office last spring, Fleiss’ film was pulled. He says “our movie is essentially much different. The studio likes our movie.” No release date has been set.

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.