TAR producer: “now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is.”

TAR producer: “now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is.”
The executive producer and creator of The Amazing Race 5 is baffled by the success of this season: “We always had a steady 8 million viewers, and all the sudden we’ve broken through, and I have no idea why, to tell you the truth. We’ve done five [editions of the show], I’ve produced 65 hours of television, and now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is,” Bertram van Munster tells the Chicago Tribune. He cites the show’s die-hard fans as one reason for its enduring success, but also says that, despite rumors, it never was at risk: “CBS has never given me the idea that the show wouldn’t come back. Never ever.” The Trib gives part of the credit for this season’s success to Charla Faddoul, who recently told van Munster, “Bertram, I don’t know what’s happening. People are screaming down the street, ‘There she is; there she is!’ I can’t go to the market anymore–I get crowded by people who want my autograph.”

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.