producers say there will be a Joe Schmo sequel; audience grew by 61 percent.

producers say there will be a Joe Schmo sequel; audience grew by 61 percent.
Since the premiere of Spike TV’s The Joe Schmo Show “has grown 61% since the premiere in September, and talks about a second season are underway,” the New York Daily News reports. Producers are looking for a way to create a sequel; “We will find another Joe Schmo,” cocreator Paul Wernick says. How’d they find even one guy so willing to be manipulated? Not through auditions which attract every media whore on both sides of the Mississippi. Instead, producers “went into the field to find people not searching for the exposure.” That gave the show “the most real reality show contestant that anyone has ever seen on a reality show,” Wernick says. The eighth of 10 episodes airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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.