New Endemol show is like Big Brother, except social media popularity decides winner

Reality producer Endemol is pitching a new reality format at Mipcom this week that combines Big Brother with social media.

As part of its slate of multiplatform, hybrid series, Endemol has the oddly titled Zoom, which C21 Media reports “aims to fuse social media and traditional television. Five contestants are made to stay at home while being filmed 24 hours a day with a ‘Social Community Index,’ a popularity aggregator compiled through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, deciding … their fates.” Other reports suggest all five contestants would be locked in the same house, not by themselves at home, which would be a boring show.

That sounds interesting, but I think back to season one of Big Brother when viewers voted out all of the interesting, controversial people. I have no doubt that if we got to vote on Survivor Samoa, Russell would have been gone in the first week or two, and as much as he drives me insane, I know that the season would have been far less interesting.

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.