CBS hires new “head of reality.”

CBS hires new “head of reality.”
CBS is getting its own “head of reality and alternative programming,” according The Hollywood Reporter. Chris Sloan’s official title, “VP of alternative programming,” isn’t as fun as “head of reality” or “reality head,” but he’ll take over the position vacated earlier this year by Ghen Maynard. Sloan comes from TLC, where he “oversaw all of the cable network’s programming”; previously, “he was senior vp reality programming and specials at USA Network, where he oversaw and developed all nonscripted programming. At USA, Sloan helped develop the series Nashville Star, The Real Cannonball Run and Combat Missions.” Maybe TVGasm will get its wish of seeing The Real Cannonball Run 2001 resurrected, but this time on CBS instead of USA, which burned off the series in a single week.

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.