Celebrity Idol isn’t confirmed yet

Reports about a celebrity edition of American Idol may have been a bit premature. The show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, told reporters that it’s not a sure thing yet. “We have no deal yet with FOX,” he said. That contradicts a report in Variety, of which Lythgoe said, “We’re going to let them rumble on,” whatever that means.

Of course, FOX is the network that just greenlit Skating With the Stars, and has yet to pass up an opportunity to squeeze the Idol franchise so hard that its eyeballs bulge out, so we can probably expect to see Celebrity Idol sooner rather than later.

‘Celeb Idol’ Deal Not Done Yet [Zap2it]

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.