$100K Trading Spaces will be followed in Nov. by Changing Rooms crossover.

$100K Trading Spaces will be followed in Nov. by Changing Rooms crossover.
Trading Spaces will give designers Doug Wilson and Laurie Hickson-Smith $50,000 each to redo a single room in two days. The episode is being referred to as “Trading Space$: $100 Grand,” and it airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. And more stunt shows are scheduled: For November sweeps, two designers from the show’s parent, Changing Rooms, will cross the Atlantic to redo two American families’ rooms. And next spring, “a special in April will include a house giveaway,” USA TODAY reports.

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.

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