homeowners who protect items won’t be picked for Trading Spaces.

homeowners who protect items won’t be picked for Trading Spaces.
Trading Spaces now receives 500 applications every single day from homeowners wanting to be on the show, up from 50 a day two years ago. That allows the show to be selective when picking homeowners; a very brief excerpt from TV Guide’s cover story on the show reveals that homeowners who want to protect items in their room won’t be selected. Executive producer Denise Cramsey tells the magazine that if you don’t want the designers to touch an item in your room, “Well, then you’re out. The point [of the show] is to trust your neighbors to fight for you. We need that suspense and drama.” Earlier stories about the show often mentioned that items could be protected in the contract, thus leaving only the homeowner to blame if something precious was ruined. Adios, ceiling fan.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.