Combat Missions’ Scott Helvenston one of the civilian contractors killed in Iraq.

Combat Missions’ Scott Helvenston one of the civilian contractors killed in Iraq.
One of the four civilian American contractors killed and mutilated in an Iraq town last week was Combat Missions‘ Scott Helvenston. In addition to being a member of Delta squad on the show, he was a Navy SEAL and stuntman/trainer for movies such as “G.I. Jane.” “It’s not only horrible when someone dies who you know and respect, but in the way it happened, it makes you sick,” producer Mark Burnett told the AP. One of Helvenston’s friends from the show, William Nissen, says “Scotty was one of those few people you only meet once in a lifetime,” Nissen said. “He stood out from the rest with his athletic ability, his personal drive, his personal motivation.” He was 38; he is survived by his wife and two children.

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.