new books offer advice for surviving a reality show, cast members’ life lessons.

new books offer advice for surviving a reality show, cast members’ life lessons.
Two new books tackle reality TV in a pragmatic, rather than academic, angle. The Reality TV Handbook is a how-to guide that teaches you how to become a reality TV whore. Its subtitle sums it up: “How To: Ace a Casting Interview, Form an Alliance, Swallow a Live Bug, and Capitalize on Your 15 Minutes of Fame.” Written by John Saade, an exec at ABC, and Joe Borgenicht, a guy named Joe, the book exists “partly for those wanting to prepare for a show, partly for those wanting to imagine what they would do in a certain situation and partly for humour,” Saade tells the Calgary Sun. David Volk’s new book The Tribe Has Spoken offers “Life Lessons from Reality TV” as learned from the mouths of reality TV cast members. Volk finds the best quotes from different shows, and then distills the lesson to be learned from the cast member’s wisdom. For example, Nicole Richie said during The Simple Life, “We should have a threesome with him. Let him have something.” The lesson to be learned from that? “Give of yourself. Even if you aren’t all that attractive, it’s the thought that counts.”

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.