Sandra only planned to come in second.

Sandra only planned to come in second.
What is Survivor Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine going to do with the $1 million prize? She has no idea, because she only planned on coming in second place. “I was counting on winning the $100,000 (for second place). … I figured with $100,000, I would pay some bills and get a new car. That was all I had planned,” she tells The Olympian. She won an SUV, so the new car is out. Now, she says, “I do want to go on a cruise. I do want to buy a house. But with my husband being in the Army, we’re always moving around. When I buy a house, I want it to be somewhere we’ll stay.” In the interview, Sandra says she’s been a fan of the show since the first season.

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.