Trading Spaces changes: room selection will surprise homeowners, designers.

Trading Spaces changes: room selection will surprise homeowners, designers.
In an attempt to breathe new life into its once-unstoppable design show Trading Spaces, TLC is changing the show’s format slightly for its fifth season. Broadcasting & Cable reports that the biggest change is that “the designers and home owners won’t know beforehand which room they’ll be remodeling.” Previously, homeowners selected a room to be remodeled, and designers received photographs and plans prior to arriving at the location. The publication also says the new season “will feature new designers, fresh challenges and visits to new towns.” Following in fellow designer Doug Wilson’s footsteps, designer “Genevieve Gorder is getting her own show. Town Haul, slated to debut in early 2005, will go into a small town and rally the residents to remake public spaces, like a teen center or a church basement,” according to B&C. Television Week quotes Gen, who says, “TLC has given me the chance to actually move into towns across the country and work with them to recreate their identity. From the baseball team to the church basement to Main Street, this new series is going to demonstrate the power of what design can really do in a very big way.”

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.