Gen says fellow designer “Vern is very safe” and “very predictable.”

Gen says fellow designer “Vern is very safe” and “very predictable.”
Responding to a comment about the popularity of fellow Trading Spaces designer Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder says that “Vern is very safe. There’s no fear, and he’s very predictable. You know what you’re going to get.” She tells that the show’s other designers are “a little more out there. We’ll give you something you’ve never seen before, that we’ve never done before. It’s a careful balance.” Of her occasionally insane designs, Hildi says that people watch the show “for ideas; they’re not watching it for a really pretty room every single time. … I can do a pretty room. I’m not there to do ugly rooms, by any means, but I am there to share ideas and share creativity and inspire people to be creative.”
+ also: Doug’s web site launches.

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.