Spike renews The Joe Schmo Show.

Spike renews The Joe Schmo Show.
Spike TV has ordered 10 hours of a second Joe Schmo Show season. There’s no debut date yet nor official word of the format, but according to Variety, “Insiders say season two parodies a different genre of reality TV.” So many possibilities! But wouldn’t it be great if the second season parodied the first? The “Joe Schmo” would be an actor who thought s/he was deceiving a schmo, but that person would actually be an actor pretending to be a real guy, just like the actor thought s/he was doing. We’d need flow charts to keep track of who was who, but it’d be fun. Besides, parodying The Real World is like shooting former cast members at a Challenge: way too easy, and kind of sad.

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.