future reality TV show subjects: smokers, journalists, priests, and women over 60.

future reality TV show subjects: smokers, journalists, priests, and women over 60.
Just as I got caught up here at reality blurred headquarters, another hurricane decided to loop around and smash right into Florida, just for good measure. The Atlantic Ocean is flinging hurricanes at us faster than Mike Darnell can figure out new ways to exploit people for FOX reality series. And speaking of new reality TV series, they’re popping up like STDs on a Paradise Hotel guest. Okay, enough with the metaphors. Regardless of how ridiculous some may sound, a bunch of new shows are being proposed, and they’re in various stages of production, from being pitched to getting ready for broadcast. Here’s a list of new reality TV show subjects that have been proposed recently: a newsroom staff for Deadline @ The Philadelphia Inquirer; a poorly attended parish and its vicar for the UK’s Channel 4’s Priest Idol; a mock submarine for the “high tech war game The Submarine”; smokers who are quitting for PAX’s Cold Turkey, which debuts Oct. 3; “fun-loving women from all walks of life, over the age of 60″ for an as-yet-undescribed show; demolition experts and demolition derby participants for Spike TV series titled Boom and Carpocalypse; and
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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.