Blow Out returns tonight; Fire Me, Please also debuts.

CBS imports another British reality show (Sack Race) as it debuts Fire Me, Please at 9 p.m. ET. The series concept is simple: Two morons start new jobs with the single goal of getting fired as close to 3 p.m. as possible; the winner gets $25,000. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s review, the “dreadful” show includes “a disembodied laugh track, peculiar in that it has no studio audience from whom the guffaws are designed to emerge.” The Chicago Tribune’s review isn’t much kinder: it says the show is “idiocy” and “an excuse for people to generally behave like deranged weirdos.”

Later tonight, at 11 p.m., Bravo brings back Blow Out, the reality series set in, as Judge Judy likes to pronounce it, a sah-lawn. Over six episodes, the series will again follow stylist Jonathan Antin and his staff in their new Beverly Hills salon. USA TODAY says that that “this time around viewers will track him developing and launching a national line of hair-care products,” which Antin starts whoring in an interview with Whitney Matheson.

Blow Out [Bravo]
Fire Me, Please [CBS]

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.