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?

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.