Amazing Race renewed for a 13th season

CBS has ordered an additional season of The Amazing Race.

Variety reports this “is a vindication for ‘Race,’ which appeared to be fading in the ratings during its 11th outing earlier this year — but earned a pickup anyway.” Last year’s renewal was also a one-season renewal, compared to previous renewals which were for two more seasons.

Casting already took place for the 13th season, and its application [PDF] said that filming would be “starting sometime in or around April – May of 2008.” However, it’s possible that could be moved up, as the premiere of this current season was moved up to this fall instead of 2008.

‘Amazing Race’ still running [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.