despite last place debut, Surreal Life 2 debut sets record ratings for The WB.

despite last place debut, Surreal Life 2 debut sets record ratings for The WB.
Despite coming in last during its time slot, The Surreal Life 2 debut “posted impressive ratings for the WB, even setting network records in a few demographic categories” and “was a rare bit of good news for a network that has suffered an alarming drop-off this season in young viewers, an audience it typically owns,” The Contra Costa Times reports. Those numbers may or may not have been hurt by the series’ “extra character”–Ron Jeremy’s 9.75-inch penis–which Eric Estrada tells he saw. Trishelle, however, didn’t see it. Maybe that’s because she was too busy hooking up with Andy Dick.

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.