Nashville locations are closed sets.

Nashville locations are closed sets.
Trading Spaces is taping three episodes in and around Nashville, but the sets are closed and a reporter for The Tennessean writes, “we weren’t allowed to see the rooms being filmed, we weren’t allowed to use last names, and we weren’t allowed to see the design plans.” And while the locations of the first two episodes are known (Brentwood and Bellevue), the third is undisclosed. A sign in the yard in front of one house reads, “Closed Set/No Visitors/Thank You/Banyan Productions.” Why the secrecy? Is these stunt episodes such as the $100K ep? Or is this just new Banyan policy? They were certainly open and welcoming last year.

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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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.