Extreme Makeover houses cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Extreme Makeover houses cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
How much does is cost to renovate a house on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? In the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” range, according to a story on the show in the New York Times. The paper reports that product-whoring, official sponsor Sears and other companies donate a lot of the materials and furnishings in exchange for air time on the show and on ABC.com. … Meanwhile, last month the New York Post reported that the recipient of a home makeover was missing. But she’s fine, according to The New York Daily News. Queens resident Lucy Ali, the 62-year-old woman whose episode aired last Sunday evening and was followed by a special on Monday night, “has been in the hospital since Monday [Oct. 22. She was treated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for asthma attacks tied to cat hair,” the paper says. About her new house, she says, “It is such an incredible work of art. It’s exactly like I would have designed it myself.”

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.