Simon will return for Idols 4 and 5.

Simon will return for Idols 4 and 5.
Have no fear: American Idol 4–and, for that matter, American Idol 5–will both include the allegedly acerbic wit of judge Simon Cowell. This is despite the lawsuit pending against Cowell that was filed by show producer Simon Fuller (so many Simons to keep track of). He’s currently taping auditions for the fourth season, which debuts in January. Simon told The New York Post, “I signed a contract a year ago to do three more ‘Idols,’ and I’ve got two more to go. You sign a contract, you make a commitment to somebody. Fox has been very good to me, and I’m going to honor that commitment, obviously.” Of course, he’s threatened to leave before, but that’s because he’s more of a drama queen than Celebrity Mole‘s Stephen Baldwin multiplied by Queer Eye‘s Carson Kressley.
+ plus: Anchorage audition cancelled; final audition will be in San Francisco on Oct. 4.

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.

about the writer

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.