Live with Flipping Out intern Trace, who needs a roommate in his Hollywood penthouse

One of the new cast members on Bravo’s Flipping Out, design intern Trace Lenhoff, is renting a room in his Hollywood penthouse apartment. I’m not sure why I find this ad so fascinating, because of course reality stars need apartments and roommates, too, but something about the intersection of (minor) celebrity and something so intimate yet banal as a living space is intriguing, kind of like when Santino invited viewers to his house for a garage sale.

In a Craigslist ad, Trace identifies himself only as “a 21 year old gay male – nonsmoker” who is “an interior design student graduating in June working part time at a design firm.” But besides including a picture in that ad, he also links to his Facebook profile, which says, “please watch me on ‘Flipping Out’ -Tuesday nights on Bravo 10/9c.”

Trace hasn’t been much of a presence this season, which has introduced several new cast members, but he was recently seen on the show being mocked by Jeff Lewis for wearing absurdly short shorts. Jeff said, “I don’t want to see the outline of his dick, and I don’t think anyone else does, either,” and then told Jenni, “We just need to send him on errands in West Hollywood today.”

The $1100 room is in a building “a block from Hollywood and Highland” and Trace writes that he has a very busy schedule and am rarely home,” adding, “I keep the apartment very clean and am really easy to get along with.” He posted a video tour of everything except the actual room:

$1100 Room in Hollywood penthouse (Hollywood ) [Cragislist]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.