Construction equipment competition coming to Discovery

The Discovery Channel, which mostly airs docudrama-style reality shows, has added a new competition series, Machines of Glory, that has contestants operating heavy construction machinery.

Each episode includes three crews who “will compete in outrageous challenges while operating massive machines including powerful excavators, speedy backhoes and agile skid steers, to prove that they have what it takes to win a cash prize … The two crews with the most points after three rounds will go head to head in one final challenge that incorporates all three machines.”

Extreme Makeover designer Johnny Littlefield will host the three-episode series, which debuts in March.

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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