Ryan Seacrest made $100,000 per American Idol 8 episode, is working on a three-year contract extension

For his hosting work on American Idol 8, Ryan Seacrest made $100,000 per episode. That’s a total of “slightly less than $5 million this season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter–significantly less than the $12.5 million a year that the Washington Post reported last year that Seacrest gets per year.

In any case, it’s a lot of cash, and THR says he is working on a three-year deal with 19 Entertainment that “will give Seacrest a major pay raise and make him one of the highest-paid reality hosts on television.” The paper doesn’t mention what that number is, or who makes more than he does (Bergeron? Probst?). But Seacrest’s hosting is just a fraction of the money he makes for his various projects.

Ryan Seacrest nears new megadeal [Hollywood Reporter]

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.