The Restaurant returns tonight.

The Restaurant returns tonight.
The Restaurant returns for a second season on NBC tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
Six episodes will chronicle chef Rocco DiSpirito’s battle with his business partner Jeffrey Chodorow. The New York Times lets restaurateurs discuss the first two episodes, and shockingly, they say it’s not really reflective of restaurant life in New York . One says the show “makes us look a little foolish actually,” and another says that the show is “terrible. It’s shabby, terrible soap opera. It has nothing to do with life.”
+ reviews: “Rocco who comes off as the idiot,” “Burnett has fixed what was wrong with this show.”
+ also: in case the restaurant thing doesn’t fly, Rocco is working on a syndicated talk show for the fall.

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.