Fox Reality Channel joining Comcast, Time Warner cable systems

The all-reality TV cable network “Fox Reality has new distribution agreements with the nation’s top two cable system operators Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable,” Variety reports.

That should “push it over the 35 million-subscriber mark in its sophomore year, joining the ranks of National Geographic Channel, TNT and NFL Network,” Variety says. A large number of its current subscribers come from its presence on satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network; its web site also says it’s available on Cox, Adelphia, Insight, and Cable One.

The network debuted in May of 2005, mostly with reruns of old shows. Thursday night, it debuts its first original docusoap series, Rob and Amber: Against the Odds. Alas, the series is terrible.

Fox Reality locks distribution pacts [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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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.