UK Big Brother starts without Culkin, Rivers, Smith

The fourth edition of the UK’s celebrity Big Brother started Thursday night with only one of the four American celebrities rumored to be participating.

Dennis Rodman is in the house, along with Baywatch’s Tracy Bingham, and a bunch of British people I don’t recognize (Faria Alam, Michael Barrymore, Pete Burns, George Galloway, Rula Lenska, Jodie Marsh, Maggot, and Samuel Preston). According to the BBC, there’s also “a twist”: “an unknown, Chantelle, who must convince the others she is famous.”

Even though Macaulay Culkin, Joan Rivers, and Anna Nicole Smith were not selected to participate, we can only hope that the producers of The Surreal Life will one day cast them along with Dennis Rodman.

Galloway joins Big Brother house [BBC 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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