The Simple Life 3 keeps half of Idol’s lead-in, was watched by 13.3 million.

The Simple Life 3 keeps half of Idol’s lead-in, was watched by 13.3 million.
Wednesday night after Idol, 13.3 million people had nothing better to do than stick around and watch the hour-long debut of The Simple Life 3. Although that was just half of American Idol 4‘s 26.6 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter, that helped FOX win the night and the hour. Paris will be keeping her face on TV when she hosts SNL (originally scheduled for Saturday, her appearance has apparently been bumped back to Feb. 5). Please, I beg you: stop encouraging her.
+ plus: once again, Paris is spreading rumors about wanting to go solo (second item).

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.