Big Brother will return for fifth season.

Big Brother will return for fifth season.
Big Brother will be returning for a fifth season this summer, which is even more surprisingly than the fact that Julie Chen still has a job hosting it (oh, wait, that’s not surprising any more). Casting has begun for this summer’s installment, which will again run for three months. Producer Arnold Shapiro says they’re “seeking the most outgoing, competitive, quirky and charismatic players we can find.” It helps if you’re extra skeezy. And extra points if you’ve ever held a knife to someone’s throat for fun or regularly get drunk on NyQuil.

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.