Home Depot new Trading Spaces sponsor.

Home Depot new Trading Spaces sponsor.
Say goodbye to the Lowe’s logos on the Trading Spaces smocks and paint cans: Home Depot has signed an agreement with TLC to “be the new home improvement category sponsor for the series from the fourth quarter of this year through the third quarter of 2004,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Lowe’s has sponsored the show since it debuted in 2001. An analyst “said the deal is part of Home Depot’s effort to regain its dominance over the smaller, but increasingly popular Lowe’s,” the AP reports. Home Depot will continue to sponsor While You Were Out and “will advertise on other Discovery Networks channels, including the Discovery Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel and BBC America.”
+ also: Trading Spaces and other shows “have fueled interest in interior design as a profession.”

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.