Diving with the Stars coming to ABC, reality TV makes us smart, Pawn Stars UK

  • SyFy has renewed Face Off, which is a pretty strong competition series now airing its third season Tuesday nights; director Bryan Singer will be among those who guest star next season.
  • People keep sending this to me, so here’s an argument in Wired that reality TV makes us smarter because of the way it helps us learn about other people. I agree, of course, but the argument seems a little underdeveloped and, to be blunt, he totally lost me in paragraph two when he write, “Reality TV may even be the next stage in the evolution of television.” May be? Uh, we’re there, and have been for the better part of 12 years.
  • History Channel’s Pawn Stars is heading to the UK–or at least, the format is, as a UK-specific version of the show will be produced. Pawn Stars UK will have eight episodes and “will be uniquely adapted for an international audience,” producers said.
  • Discovery is giving $100,000 to one lucky Gold Rush season premiere (Oct. 26) viewer.
  • ABC has ordered a series which is basically Diving with the Stars, though it’s called Celebrity Splash. I’d guess this will go the way of Skating with the Stars, but it’s all about the casting, of course. It’s based on a show of the same name from the Netherlands; a trailer/pitch reel is below, and it’s worth a watch for the spectacular belly flops.
  • 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.