World Idol finale airs New Year’s Day.

World Idol finale airs New Year’s Day.
The winner of World Idol will be unveiled on Thursday, New Year’s Day, at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. Who will win? Kelly Clarkson and Will Young were early favorites, and Simon Cowell expressed his love for Kelly’s talent during the show. The Canadian Press is dismissing their nation’s entrant, Ryan Malcolm, while the New York Post says “the strong performance of Norwegian Kurt Nilsen,” “a plumber with two kids and the face of a lawn gnome,” was the contest’s big surprise.

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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