A new way to stalk the Big Brother hamsters

The Big Brother 16 cast members were given product placement yesterday in the form of fitness trackers, and now you can see just how many steps they’ve taken, miles they’ve traveled, and calories burned. Because it’s good to know that Zach is leading the house in number of steps taken (4,690 yesterday).

A CBS press release, which notes that Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit, says we can track “their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes.”

So far, the activity tracker page–which is not in real-time, alas–only shows steps taken, miles traveled, and calories burned; active minutes shows 0 for everyone, perhaps because something catastrophic happened. Or the technology isn’t working 100 percent yet.

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.