Peter Brady, Chyna Doll, Mini-Me, Marcus Schenkenberg on Surreal Life 4.

Peter Brady, Chyna Doll, Mini-Me, Marcus Schenkenberg on Surreal Life 4.
The Surreal Life 3 doesn’t conclude until Sunday evening, but VH1 is already hyping the fourth season of the show, which will be the second to air on the music network. When casting The Surreal Life 4, the network apparently dumped the musical-connection idea, which was quite the stretch with the third-season cast anyway. The new group: Da Brat; America’s Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, in the former reality TV star spot; pro wrestler Chyna Doll; model Marcus Schenkenberg; The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin, Peter Brady’s Christopher Knight; and Verne Troyer, who will forver be known as his Austin Powers character Mini-Me. The new season kicks off January. 9.

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.

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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.