Fear Factor sticks with couples, will shoot “home invasion” segments.

NBC’s Fear Factor is ditching its single-person format; instead, teams of two–which have been increasingly prevalent on the series–will now compete for the prize. As the AP reports, this “is just one of several changes in a retooling of the gross-out reality show.”

Additionally, a new segment on the show called “Home Invasion” will feature “families, friends, or roommates” who “will get to do an actual Fear Factor stunt live in their house, and ON TV, for the chance to win a typically awesome Fear Factor prize.” Producers are looking for participants in 32 cities; 22 segments will be shot.

‘Fear Factor’ to invade homes [AP]
Apply to be on Fear Factor [NBC]

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.