Jon and Stacy win Trading Spaces Home Free with 70 percent of the vote.

Jon and Stacy win Trading Spaces Home Free with 70 percent of the vote.
With 70 percent of the public’s vote, Jon and Stacy Laymon won Trading Spaces Home Free. Live from Orlando, Paige Davis first announced the twist: Each couple had the option of going for all or half of the $350,000 prize. Late in the show it was revealed that both teams were confident and wrote “all”; thus, Angel and Vilma didn’t receive any cash. Amid the cheers from Jon and Stacy’s friends, family, and fans, Paige told losers Angel and Vilma–who risked everything–“you’re the strongest couple I’ve ever met, ever.” Certainly that felt better than $350,000 or $175,000. Paige, by the way, has spent the last eight weeks in Central Florida, and she tells the Orlando Sentinel that the best part of the area is “The outlets. I loooove the Premium outlets.”
+ also: columnist: “Trading Spaces was all the rage” until “TLC got greedy.”

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.