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Reality Bytes: Colorado represents on ‘Expedition Impossible’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’

C olorado has a knack for cranking out reality TV stars.

Boulder’s Hosea Rosenberg grabbed the “Top Chef: New York” title and Denver’s Mondo Guerra was a top finalist on last season’s “Project Runway.”

Now locals are hitting network reality shows “Expedition Impossible” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Plus, new shows hit the airwaves this week.

‘Expedition Impossible’

“Expedition Impossible” is the new international adventure series produced by “Survivor’s” Mark Burnett.

The travel shows takes teams around the globe as they face brutal physical challenges.

Teams have already had to scale down sides of towering mountains, ride some nasty camels and hike through freezing waters.

“Expedition Impossible” has been compared to “The Amazing Race,” but this show’s a lot tougher. These challenges don’t involve sliding down a hill on a wheel of cheese, diving for frogs or balancing champagne glasses.

Oh yeah, they went there on “The Amazing Race.”

That’s why it’s exciting to have Colorado outdoor pros represented on “Expedition Impossible.” The team’s called No Limits, but here’s the clincher — team member Erik Weihenmayer is a blind adventurer/motivational speaker and he’s doing better than lots of other contestants.

No Limits has consistently been one of the top teams — and these guys have the chance to go all the way.

“Expedition Impossible” airs Thursdays on ABC.

‘America’s Got Talent’ has five locals in quarerfinals

“America’s Got Talent” just revealed the names of its Top 48 Quarterfinalists, and Colorado made the cut.

Are they talented?

It depends on what you label talent, but here’s the Colorado roster: Denver singer, Lys Agnes; Lakewood shallow water diver, Professor Splash; Arvada interpretive dance act, Silhouettes; Woodland Park variety act, Thomas John; and bicycle tricksters, Yellow Designs Stunt Team, from Monument.

New this week

The networks are going wild with reality TV programming, and several new shows are slated to air this week.

Heidi Montag’s new reality show “Famous Food” debuts tonight on VH1.

Montag will be joined by “The Bachelor’s” Jake Pavelka, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Danielle Staub, rappers Three 6 Mafia, Ashley Dupre and Vincent Pastore.

This quirky cast of characters will work together to open a new LA restaurant. You know all hell will break loose!

The Food Network’s also developing some unusual shows.

Tonight, the channel debuts, “Tough Cookies.” The show’s about Crazy Susan’s Cookie Company in Ocean City, New Jersey and the dysfunctional family that operates the business.

Let’s just say the baker didn’t get that name by accident.