Shakira, Usher will coach The Voice in the spring

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will take a break for the spring season of The Voice, and will be replaced by Shakira and Usher. This news comes a day after American Idol announced its new judges, and it seems to me that The Voice has once again one-upped its rival.

Interestingly, NBC’s press release says that “Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain through season four,” perhaps suggesting they’ll take a break in the fall when Christina and Cee Lo return, and they both say they will be back.

NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said in the announcement, “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.” And Mark Burnett said, “after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans.”

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.