E! renews Simple Life for a fifth season

The Simple Life‘s new network, E!, has just renewed the show for a fifth season, although it’ll only be the second season to air on the cable channel. (FOX dumped it last fall.)

The Simple Life 5 “will debut sometime in 2007, a person familiar with the production” told Variety. No word yet what format the show will take.

Variety says this “is a major victory for producers Bunim-Murray Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV.” Of course, it’s a loss for the rest of us, who stopped being amused by Paris and Nicole’s fake antics about four seasons ago.

New lease on ‘Life’ [Variety]

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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