Top Shot finally returns with an all-star season

History’s great competition series Top Shot will finally return after more than a year off the air: its first-ever all-star season will debut May 29.

The 16 returning contestants won’t be split into teams and will compete in a new, unexplained challenge called “The Proving Ground.” They’ll compete for $100,000 and a special edition Tahoe Q5i Speedboat.

The new season, hosted by Colby Donaldson, will feature the first four winners–Iain Harrison, Chris Reed, Dustin Ellerman, and Chris Cheng–in unspecified roles, will also take part in the All-Star season.

Season four ended exactly one year ago today, and though Colby tweeted last October that production had concluded, and again reassured fans in January, its status has been unclear, with no word from the History Channel until today.

Here are the cast members followed by a preview of season five:

  • Adam Benson, season 1
  • Alex Charvat, season 3
  • Blake Miguez, season 1
  • Brian Zins, season 2
  • Chee Kwan, season 4
  • Chris Cerino, season 1
  • Gabby Franco, season 4
  • Gary Quensenberry, season 3
  • Greg Littlejohn, season 4
  • Jamie Franks, season 2
  • Joe Serafini, season 2
  • Kelly Bachand, season 1
  • Kyle Sumpter, season 4
  • Peter Palma, season 1
  • Phil Morden, season 3
  • William Bethards, season 4

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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