Face Off will return for a third season this summer

SyFy’s terrific Hollywood effects makeup competition series Face Off will return for its third season this summer, the network announced Tuesday.

Its second is currently airing, and while it hasn’t changed much since season one, it remains consistently entertaining, and ratings are increasing compared to the first season. (Past episodes are online.) Like most competition shows, it overuses team and partner challenges, but at least here it’s usually evident who exactly was responsible for parts of the makeup.

I’m also a huge fan of the show’s music, particularly the orchestration that runs underneath the judging, apparently composed by The Elements. It’s definitely the best runway/judging music since Project Runway. Watch to see the incredible work, and listen to that killer score:

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.