Nashville Star 3 concludes tonight.

Nashville Star 3 concludes tonight.
Nashville Star 3 ends its run tonight–long before American Idol 4 will even put on its brakes. The 90-minute finale begins at 10 p.m. ET, and LeAnn Rimes will host, back from a two-week illness-related absence. The final three contenders are Jody Evans, Erika Jo Heriges, and Jason Meadows. Reader Zack Bennett reports that the show has been sloppy about creating suspense recently. Last week, he says, judge Anastasia Brown critiqued the remaining contestants but “did not mention Jayron Weaver, who was the finalist ultimately eliminated at the end of Tuesday’s show. … Also, the producers were incredibly lazy in how they arranged the performers Tuesday night. The order the contestants performed … [and] The order in which they were revealed to be “safe” was exactly the same, and Jayron eliminated…making me think they wanted Mr. Elimination to go last so they wouldn’t have to sacrifice the order of the voting phone numbers.”

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.