The Swan is returning, but with celebrities

Fox’s 2004 competition The Swan is returning, but this time celebrities–or reality television’s version of them–will be made over, including with plastic surgery.

Deadline reports that it will be just “a two-hour special to air later this year,” produced by original producers FremantleMedia and Arthur Smith.

Women who want to have a comeback in their careers will be sought to participate, and while casting is occurring now, Deadline says that Happy Days’ Erin Moran and Monica Lewinsky are possible cast members.

Since the show was more of an idea than a series, a special is a good idea, but I cannot say I have any interest in seeing The Swan again.

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.