former Idols invade Nov. with new CDs.

former Idols invade Nov. with new CDs.
It’s November, and that means we’re about to be showered with more American Idol CDs than can fit in Ruben Studdard’s stocking. In addition to the 25 albums that were the direct spawn of the series, we now have five more albums from winners, runners-up, and others. All five of these new selections were produced by BMG’s Clive Davis, who told Entertainment Weekly, “Once you get away from that single, you’re dealing with an original recording artist. I’m not making American Idol albums.” Well, dude, people are only going to buy them because they’re American Idol albums. The albums are: Clay Aiken’s Merry Christmas With Love (Nov. 16); Fantasia’s Free Yourself (Nov. 23); Ruben Studdard’s I Need an Angel (Nov. 23); Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway (Nov. 30); and Diana DeGarmo’s as-yet-untitled album (Dec. 7).

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.