sisters who are in Congress may trade spaces; show-brand paint is now for sale.

sisters who are in Congress may trade spaces; show-brand paint is now for sale.
Two sisters might trade spaces this fall for Trading Spaces, and this is newsworthy because they are also members of the House of Representatives. Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez, the first sisters to serve in Congress, “were said to be considering swapping apartments on the room makeover program this fall,” Judy Woodruff reported on yesterday’s Inside Politics, citing a Roll Call report. Meanwhile, even if you’re not a member of Congress with lots of spare time on your hands to tape a reality TV show that gives you a free $1,000 makeover, you can now get Trading Spaces in your house, sort of. The show’s brand of paint is on shelves at True Value hardware stores this month, along with brushes and other accessories. A VP for the store says they “are adding this nationally recognized branded paint line for customers who want a top-quality designer paint at an affordable price. The paint will cost much less than other upscale paint brands.” If you want the insanely technical, nearly incomprehensible details about how “[e]fficiencies gained using Fourth Shift systems have allowed prominent paint supply manufacturer True Value Manufacturing to expand and aggressively seek additional outside business” such as branded paint, read this press release.

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.