WB will air Idol spoof Superstar USA, which will advance awful singers.

WB will air Idol spoof Superstar USA, which will advance awful singers.
The WB will reverse the Idol formula with its upcoming Superstar USA, letting awful singers advance while ridiculing and booting those with talent. The show is produced by reality TV svengali Mike Fleiss, who tells Variety, “These people believe they’re the next pop superstar, even though they’re horrible singers. It’s not funny seeing bad singers doing karaoke. This is about people who are clearly delusional and watching them butcher song after song.” Judged by Tone-Loc, Vitamin C, and Chris Briggs, the show debuts May 17 at 9 p.m., airing on Mondays and Tuesdays. Brian McFayden will host.

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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