the Super Bowl vs. reality TV.

the Super Bowl vs. reality TV.
Non-football fans who are into gay guys making over straight guys, home decorating, or fabulous celebrities living together are in luck on Sunday. While most of the free world tunes in to CBS to stuff their faces and scratch their balls, some other networks are offer reality TV-related marathons.

Starting at noon, Bravo runs a slapshot Queer Eye for the Straight Guy marathon, airing seven episodes out of order, and includes two airings of the making-of-the-video ep. Then, while Bravo switches to a Gay Weddings marathon, NBC picks up the gay ball at 8 p.m. ET with a repeat of the John B. episode, and follows that with two brand-new episodes of Queer Eye that will later repeat on Bravo.

Competing for the makeover and hosts-wearing-leather-pants audience, TLC will air Trading Spaces from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including the $100,000 episode at 10, and then from 7 p.m. to midnight. The WB gets into the game with a marathon of all three The Surreal Life episodes, starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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.