Phil says Amazing Race 5 “is by far the most cutthroat season I have seen.”

host Phil says Amazing Race 5 “is by far the most cutthroat season I have seen.”
The Amazing Race 5‘s host Phil Keoghan says this season “is by far the most cutthroat season I have seen in terms of how people have played the game, because the teams have worked out where the equalizers are–airports, say, where the teams tend to stack up–so they know when they really need to push.” The cast’s knowledge of the show’s structure isn’t the only thing that will make this season different, he says. It has “an edge to it in terms of the teams we have chosen. They’re edgy, engaging characters, contrasting teams that rub one another the wrong way from time to time. We don’t look to create a ‘perfect holiday’ atmosphere, and the players that come into the game now are just much more charged-up and competitive from watching previous seasons.” As Zap2it.com points out, this season’s cast “includes no ‘alpha male’ teams”–who have won all but one season of the show so far.

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.