Extreme Makeover: Home Edition spins off How’d They Do That series tonight.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition spins off How’d They Do That series tonight.
As an hour of crying in front of your TV over home improvement projects is not enough, ABC tonight spins a new series off of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The new show, How’d They Do That, promises that “producers … literally open every door to show how Ty Pennington and his team of designers, workers and contractors are able to change the lives of deserving families as they rebuild the entire interior and exterior of a run-down house in just seven days.” Each Monday night episode will focus on the house created the evening before during the series’ regular broadcast; tonight’s ep features the Dore Family and the reconstruction of their burned-down house. Based upon the specific things ABC’s web site says we’ll see tonight–“The adrenalin rush and the different emotions the EMHE team experiences as they work to meet seemingly impossible deadlines.”–the series sounds more like an extension of the Sunday night episodes rather than a completely behind-the-scenes look.

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.