Kid Nation gets a visit from Michael Jackson in a satirical promo

With the hysteria over Kid Nation‘s concept all but gone, it’s apparently now time to have some fun with the concept. Forty kids in one place saying the name “Michael” over and over again probably made it inevitable that someone would combine footage from CBS’ reality series with footage from Michael Jackson talking about his relationship with kids, and that’s exactly what’s happened.

A fake promo for the series created by someone named Dango uses footage from the show and from Jackson’s now-famous interview. The result is a terribly wrong but completely hysterical two minutes, and works to illustrate how much editing can effect reality TV even while it makes a horrible joke that just keeps getting better and better.

Kid Nation Shocker! [YouTube]

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.

about the writer

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.