Aarti’s win spoiled on Food Network’s web site in June; the same thing happened in 2008

For the second time, the Food Network’s web site has inadvertently revealed the winner of The Next Food Network Star early.

Six weeks ago, winner Aarti Sequeira’s name was included in a list of “our chefs,” Food Network Humor reported at the time. The network’s web site was quickly updated after FNH’s post to add all of the other contestants, a clear attempt at damage control. Her win may have been inevitable, but that clearly confirmed it.

Two years ago, the network did the same thing, publishing post-finale interviews with all three finalists before the actual finale, which revealed that Aaron McCargo won. That was lamely blamed on “technical difficulties” instead of just being acknowledged as a screw-up.

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.