Ty: “If I hear the words hunky handyman one more time, I will freak.”

Ty: “If I hear the words hunky handyman one more time, I will freak.”
Hawking his new, apparently not-at-all-ironically-named book Ty’s Tricks, Trading Spaces carpenter Ty Pennington discusses the fine line between being a carpenter and being a sexy beast. The book features, according to The Sun-Times, pictures of Ty “shirtless and in tight jeans getting soaked by a newly installed shower,” and he acknowledges his primary appeal: “I mean, who am I kidding? I know who my audience is.” He also jokes, “”If I hear the words hunky handyman one more time, I will freak.” Of the book, he says, “I wrote it all myself,” and says he had to change some of the graphic design because it sucked. And he comments about his salary and his peripheral gigs: “A year ago, I sat around thinking about how I could cash in on my 15 minutes … then I realized what a boring person that would make me. So I just said fuck it. I’m just going to have fun.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.