during season two, Laurie “never left a ceiling fan standing.”

during season two, Laurie “never left a ceiling fan standing.”
On Trading Spaces, ceiling fans are often the designer’s biggest enemy, and they come down frequently. Last season, 20 out of the 24 ceiling fans in the redesigned rooms came down, Zap2it.com reports. The show’s executive producer, Denise Cramsey, tells the site that “[n]o one … listed a fan as protected,” so they were fair game for the designers. The worst offender, she says, is Laurie, who always removes the fans in the rooms she redesigns.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.