The Surreal Life 6 debuts tonight

VH1 debuts the sixth season of The Surreal Life tonight at 9 p.m. ET, opposite the cliffhanger-continuing episode of The Sopranos.

In the house this year is Sherman Hemsley, C.C. DeVille, Alexis Arquette, Tawny Kitaen, Steve Harwell, Andrea Lowell, and, in a cameo role only, Florence Henderson. As to the male reality star rumored to be joining the house, he will be selected during a “15 More Minutes of Fame Reality Hunk Pageant.”

VH1 is doing its best to generate pre-show drama, noting that DeVille is “fresh out of rehab” and calling Arquette “Transgender Hollywood Royalty.” The network has already revealed some of the tasks the cast will be given during their brief stay in the house, although those tragically don’t include an FCC-baiting pixelated orgy.

The Surreal Life 6 [VH1]

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.