Following Teen Mom special, MTV airs It Gets Better special

Following the first part of the Teen Mom finale special hosted by Dr. Drew, the It Gets Better Project becomes an MTV special tonight that airs at 11 p.m. ET.

It’s hosted by the campaign’s founder, Dan Savage, who created a video with his partner in response to a series of suicides by gay teens. The campaign, in which people tell gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered kids and teenagers that their lives will improve, now includes more than 40,000 videos, including many by reality TV stars.

MTV says its special “will focus on the stories of three young people at a crossroads in their lives: a young man struggling to tell his family and friends that he is gay; a lesbian fighting for parental acceptance; and a transgender man preparing to get married.” Here’s the preview:

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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