report says Idol judge security increased.

report says Idol judge security increased.

In what may be the stupidest American Idol 4 story written to date, UPI reports that producers “are boosting security for judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.” Why? Well, we don’t really get a transition, but the next paragraph reminds us about Simon’s reaction to Leroy Wells. And the next sentence reminds us that Leroy “watched his recorded audition from jail–after being arrested in an alleged shooting of another man.” And then? One more sentence, saying, “Said fellow judge Abdul: It is scary.” What is scary? Could we have an antecedent, please? UPI fails to actually draw any connection, instead letting the two pieces of information sit side by side so as to suggest a correlation. Hello, non sequitur. Did Leroy threaten the judges? Or did some idiot at UPI just need to file a story so he strung together some unrelated facts to create a “story”?
+ also: Wednesday Idol watched by 25 million, more than watched the State of the Union.

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.