Tammy Faye’s Surreal Life stay is helping to convert people who hated her..

Tammy Faye’s Surreal Life stay is helping to convert people who hated her.
Tammy Faye Messner’s appearance on The Surreal Life 2 is working to convert people who are now able to see through her foundation. Since the show started airing, she says, “I am getting thousands of e-mails from people who say they didn’t like me, but now they do.” Why the change of heart? Was it the massage she got from Ron Jeremy? Her tendency to cover her ears when Vanilla Ice spews expletives? Tammy Fay tells the Knoxville News-Sentinel that viewers “didn’t know me as a person before. They just knew me as a cartoon character that the news media has made up. It’s been overwhelming.”

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.