FOX’s The Casino debuts tonight.

FOX’s The Casino debuts tonight.
Mark Burnett’s FOX series The Casino debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. It follows dot-com millionaires Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling as they buy and begin to operate the Golden Nugget casino in downtown Las Vegas. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “perfectly agreeable summertime fluff that moves at a clip of roughly 245 mph” that “[counts] on an abundance of flash to mask the fact that there isn’t really a whole lot going on here.” However, it “is really more about dishing dirt, mining titillation and crafting soapy scenarios than it is truly pulling back the curtain on this world.” The New York Times says that although “Mr. Burnett has admitted his dismay at how determined the network was to edit out the sex,” the suits at FOX “were doing him a story-tightening favor, as the show’s rump-shaking story lines don’t have much to do with the owners’ saga.”

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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.