Hildi says she “was given a gift.”

Hildi says she “was given a gift.”
Trading Spaces designer Hilda Santo-Tomas, renowned for her obliviousness and uncanny ability to permanently attach hundreds of ugly things to walls, says she exposes people to her brilliance because it was given to her at birth. Seriously. “The reason I do this show is I was given a gift when I was born,” she tells The Arizona Republic. That gift, surprisingly enough, was not crap smeared on her walls. “My gift is creativity. I’m not afraid to try anything.” Justifying her past designs, she presents some false dichotomies: “Putting flowers on the wall: Is that design or is it gardening? Putting baseball cards on a wall: Is that design or collecting?” Hildi Santo-Tomas: Lunatic or sadist?

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.

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.