Vern is “psycho about staying on Day One”; says Dez won’t be back.

Vern is “psycho about staying on Day One”; says Dez won’t be back.
In a 26-page interview with Television Without Pity, Trading Spaces designer Vern Yip reveals he’s “psycho about staying on Day One” and often the homeowners will have to tell him to go home long after the crew has left, says designers are mostly assigned to homeowners based upon the designers’ schedules, and confirms Dez is not returning. Talking about his personal life, Vern says, “the two main qualities I really look for in a woman are intelligence and passion for life.” He also says that show premieres this season will be limited to Saturday nights, with two new episodes airing most Saturdays, rather than some new episodes debuting on weekdays like last season.
+ also: how Vern transformed a room.

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.