New York City politicians will rally today against Survivor Cook Islands

It took just one day after CBS announced that the Survivor Cook Islands cast would be separated by race for politicians who know not of what they speak to speak out about a reality show no one has seen. In New York City, specifically, “a coalition of officials, including the council’s black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall” today, the AP reports.

City Councilman John Liu, recently the subject of a profile in the New York Times about the fact that he “is quick to a microphone,” said, “The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous. How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?”

They want “CBS to reconsider its plans,” according to the AP. Let’s see: CBS has already completed a multi-million dollar production of a reality show that the entire country has been talking about for more than 48 hours now, the first time the nation has talked about Survivor in six years. Likelihood of reconsideration: zero.

NYC officials want to stop segregated ‘Survivor’ [AP]

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.