Three moments from last night’s episode that sum up Big Brother 16

Nicole on Big Brother

Nicole during Sunday’s Big Brother (Photo by Lisette M. Azar/CBS)

Big Brother took the path of least resistance during its most recent live show: eliminating Nicole in a 6-0 vote and returning power to the alliance after a relatively suspense-less HOH challenge that was mostly a competition between alliance members.

Despite severe missteps–that final interview that I didn’t even watch because no, the Thursday Night Football ad masquerading as a prize–there were fun moments.

Primarily: The random yet perfect inclusion of Cody slapping himself in the face while sleeping and then looking around to see who slapped him; a mannequin in a grave that was vibrating and, because he was partially concealed by an on-screen graphic, looked to be pleasuring himself; and the behind-the-mirrored-glass zombies, an even more effective use of that trick that’s apparently been used before but that I forgot about since I purge my brain of every season after the season concludes.

Self-slapping followed by blame of others, masturbating zombies, and terror about things that others can’t see: can you think of a better way to sum up Big Brother 16?

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.