Strange talk show promo introduces us to Jeff Probst

Survivor host Jeff Probst’s talk show debuts this fall, and there’s a new teaser promo that introduces us to its star, as if he was somehow unfamiliar. Even more oddly, it does that only using adjectives such as “upbeat,” “energetic,” “relaxed,” “well-traveled,” and “off the wall,” barely including Jeff at all.

I don’t really get it, and it seems to do a pretty bad job of what should be pretty easy: selling Jeff Probst as a charismatic, engaging, and smart television personality. There’s at least 12 years of footage to use as evidence, because even if he sometimes frustrates Survivor viewers, Jeff is unquestionably excellent at what he does. I understand that they might want to avoid the connection to the reality show altogether, so as to attract a daytime audience, but still. This? Yikes.

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.