Jose Canseco received $50,000 for Surreal Life appearance

Hanging around a few other has-beens in the Surreal Life 5 house was financially lucrative for Jose Canseco. He received $50,000 for his time, roughly $5,000 a day for the 10-day shoot.

However, that money didn’t help him make good on a promise to help out a charity. When the cast worked to “fix up an L.A. battered women’s shelter, he pledged $10,000 to the shelter,” the New York Daily News’ Lloyd Grove reports. Now, “[s]even months later, the Jenesee Center for Battered Women has yet to collect on the promised donation.”

Canseco’s lawyer, Robert Saunooke, says he can’t pay because “his assets have been frozen” due to a Miami jury’s judgment against him. Grove reports that “the shelter turned down Canseco’s offer to make a fund-raising appearance instead.”

Canseco reneges on 10G promise to L.A. shelter [New York Daily News]

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.