overseas Apprentices having difficulty finding their version of Donald Trump.

overseas Apprentices having difficulty finding their version of Donald Trump.
Casting to fill the role of superlative-slinging ego-centric mogul has been difficult for producers of Apprentice spin-offs overseas. Australia’s Nine cancelled plans for their own version of the show because they failed to find someone to front it. In Germany, “everyone they’ve asked, all the big names, have turned them down,” a German trade magazine writer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “German business culture is worlds away from America’s. Here it is very important to be seen as serious, respectable. Appearing on a reality TV show is not something a serious German executive would ever consider.” Those cultural differences are key, as the UK didn’t have trouble finding a star; Alan Sugar is heading up their spin-off.

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.