Survivor winners, Steven Tyler on Idol, Tyra Banks almost quit, Louis C.K. and Tim Gunn

People catches up with 10 winners of Survivor, finding out what they’re doing now, besides appearing at cast events/fame orgies. [People]

Steven Tyler says of American Idol, “I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life.” He also calls his $10 million a year job “just hard work: seven-hour days.” So hard! [Rolling Stone]

Tyra Banks says she almost quit America’s Next Top Model (“I’ve thought about turning the reigns over. I had to be reminded that [the show] is my baby. A few years ago, I was willing to give my baby up for adoption!”), but instead she just fired everyone else. [New York Post]

Louis C.K., star of FX’s Louie, watches Project Runway and loves Tim Gunn. [Twitter]

The Voice coach Christina Aguilera said nice things about her former Mickey Mouse Club co-star and new X Factor judge Britney Spears. That’s nice of her. [Extra]

Big Brother’s Will Wikle walks around New York City in tiny, tiny underwear that don’t do a good job of covering the parts that underwear usually covers. [YouTube via Daily Jocks]

Phillip Phillips’ first single “Home” is officially gold, having sold more than 500,000 copies. It previously set a record by selling more downloads its first week than any other American Idol alumni ever has. [Hollywood Reporter]

Surprisingly, Bravo renewed The Real Housewives of Miami, though it fired some cast members and hired new ones, who can be seen in this preview. [Bravo]

The drama during an Olympic fencing match last night may be more dramatic than anything that’s happened on a reality show this summer. Buzzfeed]

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.