NBC’s Next Action Star debuts tonight.

NBC’s Next Action Star debuts tonight.
NBC’s Next Action Star debuts tonight with a “preview” episode (featuring auditions) at 10 p.m. ET before officially starting Tuesday in its regular 8 p.m. timeslot. The 10-episode series follows 14 men and women who will “compete against one another to become America’s next high-powered male and female action heroes, winning not only a cash prize, but the chance to star in the NBC movie, ‘Hit Me’ (working title) produced by Silver Pictures.” They’ll train together and perform weekly “screen tests” (think Fear Factor stunts); one man and one woman will be eliminated every week. The first episode is “an engaging, rude and funny debut focused on the audition process,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is produced by Joel Silver, who told reporters, “Action filmmaking really requires skills that you have to learn. You have to be able to shoot a gun and do wirework and drive a car and to do fights and stunts. We have to train these people to try to do this. Plus you have to be able to act.” Unlike David E. Kelley and other hypocrites, Silver admits his love for reality TV–particularly FOX’s Paradise Hotel. “How can you not love reality television? That show last summer, ‘Paradise Hotel,’ I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was going to read in the paper that somebody got killed down there… It’s just wild to watch this stuff. It’s as exciting to see that as to see ‘Alias’ and ’24.'”

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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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