How “snotty little sage” Kristin, who may be dating Aaron Carter, became the star of Laguna Beach

In Salon, Suzy Hansen analyzes how Laguna Beach‘s Kristin Cavalleri became the star of the show as she “stole every scene out from under Lauren’s espadrilles.”

Hansen argues that Kristin is “a snotty little sage, as if she’d graduated high school long ago, climbed in a time machine, and returned with a vengeance for another shot at teendom,” which makes her “a reminder that high school is the last breath of childhood, the twilight years of irresponsibility, and the tingly last days of brainless fun.”

One sure sign that Kristin’s celebrity has reached a pretty significant level is the fact that “Aaron Carter’s pals are putting it about that he’s totally dating” her, according to Lloyd Grove. While Kristin has been linked recently with Brody Jenner, even if this news is true, it’s kind of pathetic that “pop star” Aaron Carter has to use the star of an MTV high school reality show as a way to get attention.

Laguna biatch [Salon]
‘Laguna Beach’-combing (third item) [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.

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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.