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Will ABC defy the fates and renew The Quest?

In an article for HitFix, I explore ABC’s string of summer reality gambles–The Glass House, Whodunnit?, and now The Quest–and the network’s weird failure to give the shows support to grow. For The Quest, that meant ABC president Paul Lee greenlighting the show and telling critics this summer, “I loved taking those sort of risks,” but then allowing his …

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Dumb vote for a real-life villain, hero emerges on The Quest

One of the reasons why episode three of The Quest hooked me on the series was because the game started to show depth: In the midst of a fantastic immunity challenge, the Paladins finally emerged from their shell-shocked, we’re-in-a-fantasy-movie mode and truly got competitive, giving us characters to root for and against. Then they turned around and made a super-dumb …

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A weak start for The Quest

The Quest debuted last night with its introduction of a fictional story and a real-life competition. While the production values were incredibly strong, the episode had a lot of hurdles to overcome, such as introducing the cast of fictional people and contestants, never mind explaining just exactly what the game is. ABC should be thrilled: its strategy …

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How Blair Witch’s creators helped create The Quest

Fifteen years ago, just before Survivor forever changed reality television, The Blair Witch Project blurred reality and fiction and spawned a new trend in horror films. It wasn’t just that the film presented itself as found footage, but there was an entire mythology presented in a documentary and online materials that suggested the events of the series were real and part …

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