editing for live Trading Spaces reveal show will be done in just three nights.

editing for live Trading Spaces reveal show will be done in just three nights.
Saturday, Trading Spaces will reveal rooms designed by Doug and Hildi to homeowners live from Las Vegas. That presents “a major technical challenge for the show’s production staff,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal Reports, since the show normally takes two weeks to edit. Instead, executive producer Denise Cramsey says “we’ll be doing it in three nights,” with the homeowners having to wait until Saturday evening to see their rooms. She “expects that live show to draw the ‘best ratings ever.'” Paige says the live reveal won’t be all that different, because “the reveals are always done in one take anyway. … Once you get those reactions, that’s it. You can’t fake that. It’s like live theater.”

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.