Sean Duffy fourth-dumbest in Congress; Nina Garcia affects stock market; Kathy renewed; Sister Wives suing Utah

Congressman Sean Duffy, who got his start on The Real World Boston, is the fourth-dumbest member of Congress, judging by the grade level of the language he uses in his speeches. It averages 8.04 according to The Sunlight Foundation. The average in Congress is 10.6, down from 11.5 in 2005. [Upworthy]

Bravo has ordered a second season of Kathy Griffin’s talk show. This surprises me, since the first season was so awful. Interestingly, the release says nothing about the show’s ratings–and Bravo nearly always brags about good and/or improving ratings. [Bravo press release]

A tweet from Nina Garcia caused JC Penny’s stock to rise–really. Her tweet praised the store’s new strategy of opening smaller shops inside its stores. Not coincidentally, Nina was recently hired as a “resident style voice and fashion collection curator” for the company. [Wall Street Journal]

The stars of Sister Wives are suing Utah and their home county, challenging the law that prohibits polygamy. [Washington Post]

The WGA has successfully unionized the story producer/writers on shows produced by Lion Television and Optomen Productions, such as Worst Cooks in America. [Los Angeles Times]

The stars of Jersey Shore are defending Deena, denying tabloid claims that they are angry with her. [Examiner]

Twitter is planning on producing Twitter-only reality series such as The Hills. I have no idea what that actually means. [AdWeek]

Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance at NBC’s party for TV critics Tuesday night. (I was busy interviewing some of the cast members of The Glee Project and getting my picture taken with the monkey that will save NBC.) Anyway, some other critics managed to get by her security to ask about Bristol’s Lifetime show, on which 3-year-old Tripp probably used a gay slur; Sarah called the series “clever and absolutely real.” [New York Times]

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.