Anderson Cooper finds a way to make Toddlers & Tiaras even creepier

The kids and parents who appear on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras are disturbing enough, but former The Mole host Anderson Cooper has found a way to make them even more creepy: by dressing up the moms just like their daughters.

They’ll receive makeovers as part of his daytime talk show Friday, and at first that seemed like a way to just validate and celebrate this insanity. But a preview of the episode highlights how painful some of those modifications are, like weaves and corsets, so if they’re doing it to torture the parents, I’m okay with that.

The results are, of course, horrifying. Be forewarned: Honey Boo Boo’s mom June is, well–sometimes, you just need to look at the photo.

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.