Amazing Race’s Phil and Trading Spaces’ Alex will co-host new show.

Amazing Race’s Phil and Trading Spaces’ Alex will co-host new show.
Former Trading Spaces host Alex McLeod, who partially blamed the “grueling travel schedule” of the show for her departure, will co-host a new travel-themed reality TV show with The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. The Best of Both Worlds will air on A&E, and will follow the two on trips to Hawaii and Hong Kong. “[O]ne will go first class, while the other travels coach, to give different perspectives on the trip,” The New York Daily News reports (last item).

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.

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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.