two new designers joining Trading Spaces this fall; season debuts Aug. 24.

two new designers joining Trading Spaces this fall; season debuts Aug. 24.
Two new designers will join Trading Spaces next season, reality blurred: the reality TV weblog has learned. The first new designer was already involved with the show, as one of its sewing coordinators. Edward Walker, a North Carolina-based designer of wedding gowns and interiors, went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and says he “like[s] to mix metropolitan chic with southern sensibilities. It combines the excitement of the city with the comfort of childhood.” The second new designer, Kia Steave-Dickerson, has worked as a set designer and propmaster for plays, commercials, and films (including Signs, The Sixth Sense, and Men In Black). She went to the Philadelphia College of Textiles and is described as liking “coming up with a theme and then accessorizing the rooms.” No designers are being eliminated; instead, the two are being added because the number of episodes is being increased to 60. The new season will debut Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET with a preview episode, Maine: Joseph Drive. The following week, TLC will air an as-yet-unaired season two episode where a University of California sorority (Alpha Omicron Pi) and fraternity (Delta Upsilon) redecorate rooms in each other’s houses.
+ also: Doug’s webcast is archived online; he says there’s “talk of a Will & Grace” episode with the designers.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.