viewer votes will eliminate comics.

viewer votes will eliminate comics.
Someone at NBC dropped the ball and, like, forgot to mention that the first episode of Last Comic Standing 3 would be substantial, and not a “preview” as it was sold on promos and elsewhere. The live show included performances and revealed that the viewing public will play an immediate role in keeping comics around. First, each season’s group selected five comics from the other season who had to perform two-minute sets; afterwards, we the viewing public had a chance to vote for their favorites, Idol-style, via phone calls, text messages, or a special web site. The team with the most votes gets $50,000, and those comics with the fewest votes will be eliminated. Season two comics who had to perform were Jessica Kirson (who joined the house after Bonnie elected not to participate), Cory Kahaney, John Heffron, Tess, and Tammy Pescatelli. The season one comics who performed were Ralphie May (who broke down and cried after informing us that his father just died, and told jokes he said were his father’s favorites), Todd Glass, Rich Vos, Alonzo Bodden, and Dave Mordal. Tonight (at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT and MT, and 10 p.m. PT, post-convention “coverage”), the other 10 comics perform, and those who will be eliminated as a result of the voting will be revealed.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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.