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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.