PBS’ Colonial House debuts tonight.

PBS’ Colonial House debuts tonight.
The producers of Manor House and Frontier House take 24 people back to colonial America, circa 1628, for five months when Colonial House debuts tonight. The series airs over four nights–May 17 and 18, and 24 and 25–in pairs of back-to-back hour-long episodes. (Since this is PBS, check your local listings for exact times and dates.) Oprah visits the Machias, Maine, location for her show today, but did not participate in the series. Producer Beth Hoppe tells the New York Daily News that they “were more ambitious this time. We had more people [26]. We had them take on some of the laws of the time.”

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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