rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.

rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.
Next year’s Super Bowl, airing on FOX, could feature American Idol stars as the halftime show. Although the NFL says such speculation is “beyond premature,” the New York Post reports “the idea of an ‘Idol’ halftime show seems like a slam dunk.” And USA TODAY ‘s Rudy Martzke reported last week that Fox Sports Chairman David “Hill said Fox might suggest a halftime show involving all the winners of the network’s top-rated American Idol show.” “Might suggest”–that sounds pretty definitive to me. Overseas, copycats of reality shows abound, including an Idol rip-off in Thailand. But “networks are slowly choosing big brand backup over homegrown imitations,” Variety reports.
+ also: Simon says Simpsons appearance was “the best thing I’ve ever been asked to do.”

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.