Making the Band 3 debuts tonight.

Making the Band 3 debuts tonight.
Almost five years after we began watching wildly successful boy band O-Town be formed on the first prime-time network reality series, the show returns for a third run. Making the Band 3, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET tonight, will chronicle P-Diddy’s search and construction of a five-member, all-female pop group. MTV.com’s description of the pressures the 19 women will face also hints at the show’s focus, and it doesn’t seem to be the music: “From performing under pressure, to sharing one bedroom, to obsessing about weight, diet and who gets to use the only phone in the house, these girls are put to the ultimate test.” (The bedroom, by the way, has bunk beds that resemble coffins.) P-Diddy shows himself to be a progressive man, telling the AP about the challenges of working with women. And yes, it’s all about their periods and mood swings. He says “Women are more different than anything, any creature, (any) beautiful animal in the world. They’re just the most complex, different. I don’t think no human being has been able to just figure out the woman. As complicated as I’m explaining it to you, that’s how it is. It’s a big undertaking to move 19 young ladies under one roof, and it sets the tone for some good TV … having their monthly cycle coming together, and emotions and moodiness and competitiveness.”

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.