Laguna Beach has strong debut, but MTV exec questions if he’d “repeat” the formula.

Laguna Beach has strong debut, but MTV exec questions if he’d “repeat” the formula.
MTV’s genre-changing Laguna Beach debuted two weeks ago with strong numbers: 2.4 million viewers watched, which The Futon Critic reports made it the most-watched show with “persons 12-34 among all cable networks.” However, MTV exec Tony DiSanto tells the New York Post, “I don’t know if I would take this sort of visual format and apply it to something else–I hate to repeat myself.” Yes, MTV copying itself would be earth-shattering. He does suggest, however, that the series might continue past the original 11 episodes: “But if ‘Laguna Beach’ continues, it would be good to continue with the team we have in place.” Episode three airs tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. ET.
+ also: Laguan Beach is “among the emptiest, most pointless television shows ever conceived.”
+ and: is the real Orange County anything like it looks on TV?

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.