Model renewed for two more seasons.

Model renewed for two more seasons.
Get ready for the next next next top model, and the next next next next top model, as UPN has renewed America’s Next Top Model for two more seasons. A network press release says the show “has become a monumental success for UPN, delivering record-breaking ratings and triple-digit growth in key demos.” Of course, this is UPN, where more than a dozen viewers breaks records, but the show “has ranked first in its time period each week during the current cycle among women 18-34,” according to the network. Production and casting on the third season will begin “soon.” The press release summarizes the show like this: “The series follows participants of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes while they live together in a New York loft and compete in weekly tests as they vie for a modeling contract.” All true, assuming “shapes and sizes” means matchstick thin (“regular”) and stick thin (“plus-sized”).

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.