ABC renews Shaq vs., Dating in the Dark, but not Conveyor Belt of Love

ABC is bringing back two mediocre reality shows this summer: Shaq vs. and Dating in the Dark. But there is no mention at all of Conveyor Belt of Love getting a full season after airing a single special earlier this year–which is disappointing, but not really a surprise considering ABC executive Steve McPherson mocked it when critics asked about it.

Shaq Vs. is the overly scripted and heavily produced competition series that features Shaq taking on other pro athletes in their sports, and Dating in the Dark features people going on dates in a pitch-black room, and it wasn’t terrible but wasn’t great, either.

Six episodes of the dating show will air this summer, Variety reports, and a separate report says that the six episodes of Shaq’s series will be “placing him in other competitions such as spelling bees or competitive eating,” but he’ll still do athletic competitions.

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.