ABC kills Dancing with the Stars results, renews The Taste, orders fantasy competition

Dancing with the Stars will only air on one night this fall, as ABC has cancelled its Tuesday night results shows. That’s similar to the decision Fox made last year to limit So You Think You Can Dance to a single night, combining the performance and results into one awkward hour of television.

ABC said in a press release that its Monday 8 to 10 p.m. episodes will be “integrating the performance show and results show into one night and making each episode action-packed event television.” Yes, I’m sure it will be.

Meanwhile, the network has awesomely renewed Shark Tank and bafflingly renewed The Taste, a show that had a low-rated and creatively weak finale after starting off with bizarre judging. Perhaps the show will fix all these problems in its second season.

The network has also ordered a reality series called The Quest, which is from the producers of The Amazing Race and Lord of the Rings, and “takes 12 lucky contestants on the journey of a lifetime when they enter the world of ‘Everealm,’” which is referred to as “a land of magic and malevolence, where mythical creatures lurk in the woods, agents of darkness stir in the shadows, and mystical beings infiltrate the keep. For 12 lucky souls, a fantastic world will come alive in a unique competition series where players will engage in epic challenges.”

As weird as that sounds, renewing The Taste is even weirder.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.