Vern quits Trading Spaces for NBC show; Doug staying for three more years.

Vern quits Trading Spaces for NBC show; Doug staying for three more years.
Vern Yip is quitting his gig as a Trading Spaces designer. He’s taking his leather jacket and anal retentiveness from TLC to NBC, where he’ll host Design Intervention. On the new show, he tells the Baton Rouge Advocate, “We’re going to transform an entire house, inside and out in two weeks,” including the yard. Fellow drama queen and designer Doug Wilson is keeping his leather pants at TLC: He tells Zap2it.com, “I’m signed on to ‘Trading Spaces’ for three more years. I’m making TLC my home, so people know where to tune in and find me.” Part of those three years will be spent doing various specials, which Doug previews: One is a series of “four, two-hour quarterly segments for TLC, called ‘America’s Ugliest Rooms’–big-budget, lots of fun.” He also says there will be a Trading Spaces musical episode, an episode on his family’s farm where his brothers switch rooms, a Medieval version that will take place in Scotland castles, and a special that is “going to let the viewers choose the next new designer.”

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.