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 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.