Behind the scenes with Wipeout’s version of Survivor’s Dream Team: the Black and Blue Crew

Survivor‘s Dream Team, the group of crew members who test challenges and work for the show’s challenge department, has been an endless source of fascination. (Watch this video for an introduction to them, and read my account of facing off against them in a challenge.)

Wipeout has a similar group, and they’re known as the Black and Blue Crew. ABC has started to profile them in a series of webisodes. They’re introduced in the first video, which includes behind-the-scenes footage that shows them testing obstacles and reveals what’s outside of the view of the camera, including the people who squirt or throw things at contestants as they run through the qualifier.

In this episode, they test obstacles and act as “test dummies,” but also do things like rescue contestants trapped underwater:

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.