Reality check: a twist the US Amazing Race should use, serve Andy Cohen alcohol

Amazing Race Australia borrowed an interesting twist from the Israeli version: teams vote for which team will do the U-turn between legs, meaning it’s both a majority decision and one that may or may not affect the race. [Bother's Bar]

Lamar Odom terrible season with the Dallas Mavericks this past season was not caused by Keeping up with the Kardashians, or so he told Oprah, and no one lies to Oprah. [Star-Telegram]

Bravo is looking for “Watch What Happens Live’s biggest fan,” which is almost an oxymoron, to serve as the show’s bartender, apparently for a night. Five winners will be chosen. [Bravo]

Storage Wars‘ Dave Hester and singer Trey Songz have settled their moronic dispute over who gets to use the phrase “yuuup.” The settlement is unknown, but hopefully involves neither of them ever saying that stupid word again. [Hollywood Reporter]

If you thought Ryan Seacrest couldn’t possibly find more stuff to do and/or pimp, he’s Ford Fusion’s new spokesperson–I mean, he’ll be “guiding consumers through the interactive journey to launch Random Acts of Fusion, helping them participate through his multimedia platforms.” [Ford press release]

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.