Reality check: Reality star apologizes for starting #bedofshame, Kelly Clarkson bests Carrie Underwood

A star of the UK’s Geordie Shore, Gary Beadle, apologized for accidentally starting a Twitter trend that featured men photographing their sleeping one-night stands and posting those images to Twitter with the hashtag #bedofshame. The Daily Mail helpfully reproduces many of those. [Daily Mail]

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” bypassed Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” selling 3.51 million copies to become the best-selling single by an alum of the show. [Billboard]

The City and The Hills star Whitney Port uses disposable toilet seat covers on her face. [OK! Magazine]

Tourists are flocking to Louisiana because of its reality shows such as Swamp People. [Gannett Louisiana]

Details about Mob Wives: Chicago‘s filming schedule. [Downers Grove Patch]

Nik Wallenda’s Science Channel reality show was cancelled after finally airing after name and network changes. What does a guy have to do to get a series? Walk across Niagara Falls on a wire or something?

Actor and Dancing with the Stars runner-up Gilles Marini became an American citizen last week. [People]

Jill Zarin got a new TV job: She’ll be a “special correspondent” on ABC’s new Good Afternoon America. []

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.

about the writer

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.