It’s 2003 again as NBC casts Nicole Richie as mentor on Fashion Star

NBC’s forthcoming fashion reality competition isn’t getting any more promising with the latest casting announcement: Nicole Richie will be a mentor on the show, joining previously announced mentor Jessica Simpson. Both starred in reality shows in 2003–The Simple Life and Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica respectively–but for some reason NBC thinks they will now draw viewers. Also joining the show as a mentor is menswear designer John Varvatos; Elle Macpherson is hosting.

In a press release, NBC reality executive Paul Telegdy calls Nicole an “international style icon and creative director,” and former NBC chair Ben Silverman, who’s executive producer of the new show, said, “Jessica, Nicole, John and Elle make the most exciting team we have ever worked with on a reality television show and we are thrilled to feature such an extraordinary group of mentors and designers.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

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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.