Wife Swap renewed; Partner won’t air.

Wife Swap renewed; Partner won’t air.
ABC’s successful fall continues. Yes, that’s ABC, America’s most incompetent broadcast network. ABC has ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series “has shown considerable Nielsen moxie in its ultracompetitive 10 p.m. Wednesday slot. … averaging a 4.4/11 among adults 18-49–a stunning 52% improvement over ABC’s perf in the timeslot last year,” Variety reports. The show “has also consistently beaten ‘L&O’ in adults 18-34 and either beat or nearly tied the Peacock legend in adults 18-49.” ABC’s Andrea Wong tells the New York Daily News that a second season is under consideration. She likes the show because, “Everybody learns something about themselves. They all come out either learning something about themselves or their families. And they all come out of it with a new appreciation for each other. Or, in some cases, it reaffirms their choices.” Or they all end up in therapy.

Over on FOX, after rumors of trouble with NBC’s legal show, FOX’s The Partner has reached the end of the line, well before it ever aired. FOX said in a statement that “after much consideration, Fox and Rocket Science Laboratories have decided not to produce ‘The Partner.’ With the numerous boardroom-type unscripted programs on the various network’s schedules, we have decided to focus our mutual efforts on other unscripted material.”

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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