reality TV worlds collide at the Emmys.

reality TV worlds collide at the Emmys.
Sunday’s Emmy ceremony was, for the most part, dominated by reality TV, maybe even more than it was dominated by Angels in America. Reality TV was everywhere, and that includes the red carpet. What went down there, though, is nothing like we’ve ever seen; it’s a glimpse inside a different world, one where celebrities get $30,000 gift bags.

USA TODAY columnist and our friend Whitney Matheson reports from her first visit to the Emmys, and a lot of what she witnessed was normal. One example: “The Amazing Race‘s Charla and Mirna stroll down the ‘non-famous people’ side of the red carpet. Someone grabs them and ushers them back out. Apparently, they’re now famous enough to walk down the celebrity side of the aisle.” However, some of her revelations are a bit more unusual, such as Queer Eye‘s Ted Allen saying “the coolest people he’s met,” of all people, are “Kermit the Frog, Allison Janney and Edie Falco.”

But the big story is a strange and unusual collision of different worlds: Survivor‘s Jeff Probst spent Saturday night “embarked on a scavenger hunt as part of Shannon Elizabeth’s birthday party. … The hunt took them through the zoo and IKEA, among other hot L.A. spots–and his teammates included former Celebrity Mole contestant Kathy Griffin.”
+ also: how the two real people were lured to LA.

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.