Extreme Makeover: Home Edition renovation recipient has been missing.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition renovation recipient has been missing.
The woman whose house was made over for next Sunday night’s edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition “has not been seen in her South Ozone Park neighborhood for several weeks, neighbors” told the New York Post. 62-year-old Lucy Ali “was ill and hospitalized” earlier this week, according to an ABC spokesperson, but no other details were provided. The mother of two adopted 12-year-olds, Ali lives in South Ozone Park in Queens, and had her house renovated by Ty Pennington and crew in July. The reason: they’d “been left virtually homeless by an unscrupulous home-improvement company that took $72,000 she’d borrowed from the bank, then abandoned the house in 2002 with gaping holes in the roof and no bathrooms or running water.” The episode featuring the makeover airs next Sunday, followed by a Nov. 1 special about how the house was redone.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.