Austin confirmed for next Real World.

Austin confirmed for next Real World.
As reality blurred reported early last week, reports from Texas suggested that Austin would be the next home of the grandparent of all reality shows, and official confirmation arrived, coincidentally, shortly after our report. The Real World Austin begins taping early next year, and will air next summer. That places the cast in Austin during the SXSW music and film festival, and its director tells the Austin American-Statesman that “we’ll figure into it somehow.” The house’s location is a secret, but of course we’ll soon know its location because it’s hard to disguise seven 20-somethings wandering around aimlessly and being followed by camera crews. (Some are suggesting it’s on or near sixth street.) The paper says “several jobs were still under consideration.” Creator and executive producer Jon Murray told the New York Post that the “Austin cast may be the best we’ve ever assembled,” so hopefully we’ll be in for a six-month drunken orgy.

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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