Kara DioGuardi hasn’t heard from Idol producers

Kara DioGuardi hasn’t talked to American Idol producers about her job, and learned of rumors of her firing online at the same time we did.

That’s according to her dad, Joe DioGuardi, who’s running for Senate in New York as a Republican. Appearing on the New York TV show Capital Tonight, he said, “Would you believe that she did not hear and still has not heard anything? She read it the way you did and I did. In fact, her disappointment is that’s the way she’s being treated, and she feels that’s not proper.”

In that part of the interview (AI Now has a clip of just the Idol talk, which comes via MJ’s Big Blog), he suggested producers are “trying to create a lot of buzz,” and added, “Does she want to do it another year? I think so.” Noting that she recently got married, he said, “So maybe this is a good opening for her, too.”

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.