The Bachelorette 3 debuts tonight.

The Bachelorette 3 debuts tonight.
The Bachelorette 3 moves the franchise to New York City as Jen Schefft starts her search for her soulmate. Again. We’re supposed to, like, pretend that she didn’t already find the love of her life on The Bachelor 3, get engaged, and then break up with him. “I was nervous about putting myself out there again. But I thought, why not try and see what happens? I’d regret not doing it,” Jen tells the New York Daily News. Non-ironically, she adds, “It worked for me once, though it didn’t have the happiest ending, but why not try it again?” So why are we stuck with Jen once again and not a fresh new face to make fun of? Creator Mike Fleiss says, “She was very popular [on 'The Bachelor"], and we hope a lot of the people who liked her will watch her again.” In his scathing critique of the franchise, The Chicago Sun-Times’ Phil Rosenthal says that we’ll hear about that endlessly: “You’ll lose track of the number of times Harrison stresses that Schefft is ‘America’s sweetheart,’ ‘beautiful,’ ‘sexy,’ ‘one of America’s favorite bachelorettes’ and so on.” About the franchise’s viability and changes, such as its move to New York, Fleiss says, “There’s been literally 18 copycat shows, almost identical copycats. As the people who created this genre, we have to pump new life into this.” Whoa, pumping. Should be a good season.

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.