Amazing Race Family teams finally get on a plane

The Amazing Race 8 finally forced its teams to travel via plane. They had to fly all the way from Washington Dulles to Charleston, South Carolina, an epic journey.

After a detour, teams were forced to endure being driven for eight hours in a charter bus. This was too much for the Weavers, who insisted they felt like prisoners and then had a meltdown at the Waffle House, the likes of which those employees probably haven’t seen since a half-hour earlier, when a hungry PCP-addled person sat down for some waffles.

In Alabama at the space center, the teams had to confront a daunting roadblock: spinning in a centrifuge, also known as the Gravitron, just one that was operated by a person with all of her teeth and a family tree that branches.

Finally, they had to race–on foot!–to get a final clue and to the pit stop. There, the first-place team won free gas for life from BP, which BP may be regretting about the time that gas prices reach the $10/gallon mark.

Whoever says this race is a watered-down version of the normal race is a liar.

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.