charity Trading Spaces auction begins; buy Amy Wynn’s belt, Hildy’s shirt.

charity Trading Spaces auction begins; buy Amy Wynn’s belt, Hildi’s shirt.
Members of the Trading Spaces cast have contributed items to an eBay auction that starts today and runs through Dec. 20. Among the items up for bid are Amy Wynn’s (autographed) tool belt and hammer, the jeans and shirt Hildi wore in London, slipcovers by Vern, a candle holder by Ty, and ornaments made by Gen, Frank, Edward, and Kia. Proceeds benefit “Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization” which works to “preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled and families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence,” according to TLC’s web site.
+ plus: Survivor charity auction continues.

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.