People’s Choice Awards has three reality TV categories; viewers can vote online.

People’s Choice Awards has three reality TV categories; viewers can vote online.
The People’s Choice Awards will this year open its voting up to, um, people. Previously, Gallup polled individuals to determine the winners; this year, EW polled readers to choose the nominees, and voting will take place online in two phases. As its web site says, “For the first time in PCA history, all winners in every category will be chosen by voters on this website.” Also unlike last year, which featured a single reality TV category, the genre has three separate categories this year. The categories and nominees are:

The awards ceremony will air Sunday, Jan. 9 on CBS.

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.