reality TV this Thanksgiving weekend.

reality TV this Thanksgiving weekend.

There’s no reason for boredom this weekend, as TV is full of reality to keep you more entertained than the reality you have to face on the other side of the Thanksgiving dinner table. Tonight, The Bachelor 6 concludes with a two-hour finale and one-hour reunion, and FOX airs the much-anticipated American Idol Christmas special, titled “Kelly, Ruben, and Fantasia: Home for Christmas.” Plus, there will be reruns of Queer Eye‘s new Thanksgiving special, and a number of reality TV marathons. I run down the schedule for today and tomorrow at MSNBC.com, where TV editor Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and I also select our “reality TV turkeys of the year.” My pick: Donald Trump, for the “Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade balloon that is both his ego and his persona” (although I admit “it’s hard not to love Trump for acting like such an eccentric nitwit”). Gael’s pick is William Hung “for his inability to Just. Go. Away.” She pleads, “William. Please. Stop the insanity.”

Enjoy the long weekend, unless you have to work, in which case, please smile and be happy, because the last thing we want when we go holiday shopping is to face surly employees who refuse to meet our demands for instant gratification. Happy Thanksgiving.

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.