eight-week competitive, interactive Trading Spaces Home Free debuts tonight.

eight-week competitive, interactive Trading Spaces Home Free debuts tonight.
Trading Spaces‘ eight-episode spin-off, Trading Spaces Home Free, debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. For the first time, the show becomes interactive–at least more interactive than you screaming at Hildi, “Stop gluing glass shards to the wall, you scary woman!” Eight couples will compete to have their mortgage paid off by redecorating rooms in each others’ homes, and each week you’ll get to vote on who stays and who goes. You can also register to win your mortgage paid off, unless you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada, in which case you’re screwed.

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.