Wednesday night American Idol 4 episodes will be cut back to 30 minutes.

Wednesday night American Idol 4 episodes will be cut back to 30 minutes.
The Wednesday editions of American Idol 4, during which Ryan Seacrest screws with the emotions, hopes and dreams of the remaining semi-finalists, will be scaled back. Starting tonight, Ryan will have only 22 minutes in which to drag out the actual results and try to make the semi-finalists cry. According to, these Wednesday episodes will “air at 9:30 p.m. for at least the next two weeks.” Last week’s results show was watched by “nearly 26.7 million viewers,” so the ratings aren’t to blame; the report doesn’t include any reason, other than what we all know: the eps are “always bloated.”

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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