The Simple Life debuts tonight.

The Simple Life debuts tonight.
Months of anticipation climaxes tonight, although not in night vision, as FOX debuts The Simple Life tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET. The second episode airs tomorrow night at 8:30. Produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, the team behind The Real World, the show follows Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie as they terrorize a small town in Arkansas (one woman says “the girls ran around town, the way they were dressed and the way they acted” was “not a good influence on” local boys). The show even wrapped early because the locals “loathed” the girls. Loathing from locals equals love from critics, whose orgy of love for the show led FOX to delay the premiere. As of right now, FOX doesn’t have much love for Paris, who’s apparently hiding (and flying coach); her “New York-based publicist, Dan Klores, has angered Fox officials by abruptly canceling all of her scheduled appearances,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Still, her sex tape is likely help the show, although Nicole’s heroin bust might not generate as much buzz. Here’s a round-up of reviews from critics and others:

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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