Paula Abdul will reportedly be paid between $5 and 8 million a year for Idol

Paula Abdul’s renewed contract for American Idol is, according to the New York Post, “worth between $5 million and $8 million each season, according to industry sources.”

Paula’s spokesperson would only tell the paper that they “do not at anytime comment on financial matters for Ms. Abdul.”

Because the other regulars have already signed contracts (Simon Cowell gets “roughly $10 million a year”), the show will pretty much stay the same for the next three years. And FOX will continue to just rake in the cash: The Post says the show is “generating more than $100 million in profits for Fox each season,” so even with massive salaries for its stars, the series is still doing quite well.

Paula Ab-Dollar’s Deal [New York Post]

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.