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.

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.