charity auctioning 48 meetings with producers to pitch reality TV show ideas.

charity auctioning 48 meetings with producers to pitch reality TV show ideas.
Convinced that you have the concept for the next American Idol written on a napkin? Did the idea for the next Apprentice come to you while you were in the bathroom reading TV Guide? Can’t get anyone in Hollywood to answer your phone calls? Well, you may just be in luck: Starting on March 27, the P.S. I Love You Foundation will auction off 48 10-minute pitch meetings with 3 Ball Productions, which has produced For Love or Money and the kids’ version of Survivor, called Endurance. One of those pitches will be developed and presented to a network (hopefully not ABC). The charity, which works with at-risk kids in southern California, will launch the eBay auction at a casino night attended by fourteen past reality TV show cast members who you’ve already forgotten about. Another group of yesterday’s cast members have a charity called The Reality Cares Foundation. They “intend to be a leader in the fight against Alzheimers, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases through education, outreach, fundraising and special events.” Their next fundraising event will “[bring] together some of today’s favorite gay & lesbian reality stars for a fun evening of reality show clips, celebrity host interviews and a live audience Q&A” to five different cities.

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.

about the writer

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.