Carrie and Bo are Idol 4’s final two.

Carrie and Bo are Idol 4’s final two.
American Idol 4 has its final two performers: Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. For some reason, that isn’t quite a surprise; Simon predicted it. Interestingly, Vote for the Worst is now “supporting” Carrie Underwood, arguing that “Carrie’s going to win, unless the producers suddenly support Bo. Vonzell doesn’t stand a chance. What fun is that? So, we say, let’s give Idol the monster they’ve created.” To bleed every last Nielsen point out of the series possible, and to make sure those idiots who auditioned are embarrassed one more time, FOX airs “The World’s Worst Auditions” tonight at 9 p.m. ET, which apparently draws footage from Idol auditions from international versions of the series. The show wraps up next week with the one-hour performance show next Tuesday, and the two-hour finale on Wednesday, both starting at 8 p.m.

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.