The Voice debuts post-Super Bowl as American Idol continues to fall

NBC’s The Voice returns for its second season after the Super Bowl this Sunday, and the big test for the show is whether it can sustain both the interest that sweet timeslot will provide and overcome the general fatigue from music talent competitions that both X Factor and American Idol have contributed to by, well, sucking.

American Idol continues to lose viewers, dropping significantly compared to both last year and last week on Wednesday night, and on Thursday, now consistently losing to The Big Bang Theory, with more total viewers and more viewers 18 to 49.

It will be interesting to see if The Voice will do further damage to American Idol, or if the reverse will be true, especially with all the promotion it will get Sunday. The competition is intense, which explains why, on Ellen DeGeneres’ show today, Adam Levine responded to Randy Jackson’s insecurity-laced comments by saying “shame on Randy.”

On Sunday, join me for live thoughts on both The Voice and, before that, Super Bowl commentary, which should be particularly great because I know nothing about football, probably because when I played I was always in the outfield. All of this will happen on the Twitter, of course. Follow me!

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.