show seeks “next domestic icon”; Mark Burnett producing missing children show.

show seeks “next domestic icon”; Mark Burnett producing missing children show.
A competition to find the next Martha Stewart is being produced by LMNO Productions for CBS. The Apprentice- or Top Model-like show that will feature competitions between “12 people who have ability in the lifestyle arena and … who can become this country’s next domestic icon,” its producer says. (CBS is currently accepting applications.) Eric Schotz says the competition “will most likely take place in the Northeast, in a Connecticut-style farmhouse that’s our version of the reality mansion.” Hey, maybe Martha will rent her house to them, since she won’t be needing it pretty soon. Elsewhere, Mark Burnett is producing a “reality show that will chronicle the heart-wrenching searches for kidnapped children.” According to TV Week, Recovery “will follow a case from after a child’s abduction through the search to the reunion of the child with his or her parents.” CBS ordered a pilot but has not yet picked up the series.

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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