Tuesday American Idol episode beats big ABC, CBS, NBC, UPN combined.

Tuesday American Idol episode beats big ABC, CBS, NBC, UPN combined.
Tuesday’s episode of American Idol 3 was watched by 29.6 million viewers. That’s more than ABC, CBS, NBC, and UPN combined; together they were watched by 28.6 million viewers. So, we can’t really blame FOX for milking this as much as possible: Next week, a special episode, “American Idol: The Road to Hollywood,” will air on Monday to make up for the preponderance of much more entertaining non-winners featured on the first episodes. The special ep “will focus on the 117 who made it through to the Hollywood stage,” Digital Spy reports.

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.