NBC will air A Clay Aiken Christmas.

NBC will air A Clay Aiken Christmas.
The next CD from American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken is out today, and it’s called Merry Christmas With Love. (Not to be outdone, George Huff released his own Christmas EP last week, although it has a loveless, self-centered, abbreviated title: George Huff Xmas.) But the album isn’t Clay’s only contribution to our holiday joy: He’ll join Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch when he gets his own Christmas special, titled, oddly enough, A Clay Aiken Christmas. Oh, the elf jokes we could make. On the special, which airs Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET, he’ll be joined by an odd supporting cast consisting of Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, and Megan Mullally. Clay also starts touring on Nov. 21.

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.