Next Top Model 2 debuts tonight.

Next Top Model 2 debuts tonight.
Twelve women vie for a modeling representation contract starting tonight as UPN debuts America’s Next Top Model 2 at 9 p.m. ET. UPN tells us that a lot happens tonight: One model “screws up in the first ten minutes. One model is abandoned by the others, and controversy surrounds another competitor, who is forced off the set of a provocative nude photo shoot.” This year, they’re competing for representation, the cover of both a Sephora catalog, and a spread in Jane magazine. The Seattle P-I “interviews” two of the models using quotes from press materials, and there we learn, among other things, that Jenascia became a model because a boy once “told me I was too ugly.” This season “features sharp characters and scintillating intrigue,” according to The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker. The New York Post’s Adam Buckman isn’t as thrilled; he says the show “liberally makes use of every urban reality cliché known.”
+ also: judge Janice Dickinson: The show is “not artificial at all, because the industry is so artificial. The only thing that’s artificial on the show are my breasts.”

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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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.