“reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of the rampant pocket picking.”

“reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of” theft.
Theft of show concepts between networks has become almost as common as . But the situation might be hurting the genre. According to The New York Times, “reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of the rampant pocket picking.” The paper reports those “producers charged Fox with setting the standard for ripping off reality ideas.” Mark Burnett says, “It’s totally lawless. The judges aren’t really judges” and says, “It’s just very, very competitive. Do I sound like I’m happy? I’m obviously not happy.” He’s not happy now because FOX took his idea for a boxing series and will now likely air its version before his NBC version debuts. Last week, he and partner Jeffrey Katzenberg met with FOX’s Peter Chernin and Gail Berman last week, and he says “[i]t was a tough meeting. Anyone wandering into that restaurant would have witnessed quite an animated discussion.” Burnett says he’s not likely to sue: “The courts are loathe to do anything about this.” Instead, he says, “The best thing to do with Fox is get even” by producing a better show.

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.