dramas are up; some reality is down.

dramas are up; some reality is down.
A sure sign that the apocalypse is near: Last week, ABC had the most popular show on TV, and also won the week among viewers 18 to 49, news that certainly caused more than one executive to choke on his or her brandy. Although the second most popular show was a reality TV show, Survivor Vanuatu, other reality shows aren’t doing as well. As USA TODAY puts it, “A fall season with more reality shows than ever has led to early casualties for some newcomers–and steep declines for some established veterans.” If that seems obvious, well, it is; even FOX’s Mike Darnell understands it, saying, “The more quantity you get of something, the more likely you’ll see failure.” Another FOX exec tells The New York Times, “Reality isn’t going away, but we’ll probably see it fall into a pattern where there’s some success and a majority of failure.”

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.