opera singers compete in France.

opera singers compete in France.
The French are taking the highbrow road in their approach to talent competition reality TV shows. Orpheus: Behind the Scenes in the Underworld will feature a “cast of 25-to-30-year-old singers”; they “have graduated from conservatories all over Europe” and will try “to impress conductor Christophe Coin, Italian opera director Antonio Latella and 16 teachers to win the best roles in Monteverdi’s 17th-century opera ‘Orpheus’ [L'Orfeo],” Variety reports. The show will air on music network Mezzo in six-minute segments during weekdays and 26-minute shows on the weekends; a live performance will air April 17.

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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