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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.