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- Trading Spaces Reboot Will Get Another Season — But One Designer Isn’t Returning
- WATCH: The Cast of Trading Spaces Will Reunite after 10 Years Out of the Spotlight
- The ‘Trading Spaces’ Reboot Will Return For Season 2 With Even More Episodes
- 1. The reboot premieres on April 7.
- 2. The first trailer promises tons of laughter — and drama.
- 3. Paige Davis is back to host.
- 4. As are our other favorite cast members.
- 5. And the designers are thrilled.
- 6. There will be new cast members to fall in love with, too.
- 7. Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent will make an appearance.
- 8. Designers will have a budget of $2,000 per room.
- 9. Davis says some of her favorite rooms are from the upcoming season.
- 10. Dozens of eggshells were used in one room.
- 11. Davis says her iconic hairstyle won’t be back.
- 12. People are beyond excited.
- 13. The cast is standing beside Carter Oosterhouse amid sexual misconduct allegations.
- WATCH: Where Is the Original Cast of “Trading Spaces” Now?
Trading Spaces Reboot Will Get Another Season — But One Designer Isn’t Returning
Trading Spaces will stick around for another season, but one of its designers won’t.
TLC delighted fans of the classic house-swapping makeover series when the network announced in March 2017 that it would be rebooting the show after ten years off the air. All of the designers and carpenters who appeared in the original run (plus a few new faces) signed on for the long-awaited 9th season, which debuted in April 2018.
On Monday, TLC confirmed the show will return for another season, its 10th, on March 16 at 8pm ET/PT. (Watch the trailer above.)
This time, host Paige Davis and the designers will take on some unconventional spaces including teachers’ lounges, attics, basements and the homes of twin sisters and ex-spouses.
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“Trading Spaces is a long beloved show and we are happy to bring the fun, banter and unexpected transformations back into everyone’s living room,” Howard Lee, President and General Manager of TLC and Discovery Life said in a release. “This season, fans can look forward to seeing accessible design transformations and the unexpected reveals that make our show so much fun to watch.”
The lineup of designers for the new season is Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Hildi Santo Tomas, John Gidding, Kahi Lee, Laurie Smith, Mikel Welch, Sabrina Soto, and Vern Yip. The carpenters will be Brett Tutor, Carter Oosterhouse, Joanie Sprague and Ty Pennington. Noticeably absent from the lineup is original designer Genevieve Gorder.
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Gorder, 44, became engaged in February 2018, to boyfriend Christian Dunbar, 46, a furniture designer and model. The pair married in a desert ceremony in Morocco in September in front of friends like What Not to Wear makeup artist Carmindy and fellow Trading Spaces designer John Gidding.
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In August, the designer also debuted a new Netflix series, Stay Here, in which she helps homeowners transform their not-so-successful vacation rentals into highly sought after accommodations.
She also teased a forthcoming “top secret” Bravo project, telling PEOPLE in October, “I wish I could say, I can’t. It’s really exciting. I was very excited to take the job. Something new.” She added, “There will be an incredible amount of designers that are familiar to you from all aspects of life and television. It feels like this interesting graduation of sorts.”
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Gorder also hinted that the show may go beyond the simple makeover format. “I can say that the show incorporates a lot of my different powers that I haven’t been able to use in a show before. I’m in charge of a lot of things, that’s what I can say.” That project, Gorder says, should debut in 2019.
Season 10 of Trading Spaces premieres March 16 at 8pm ET/PT on TLC.
WATCH: The Cast of Trading Spaces Will Reunite after 10 Years Out of the Spotlight
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Before TLC debuts a new season of Trading Spaces in 2018, the network will host a reunion special with the home makeover show’s original cast and introduce the new designers and carpenters that will be joining for the reboot.
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Paige Davis, who signed on for the new season in July, along with designers Doug Wilson, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Bielic and Laurie Smith, and carpenters Ty Pennington, Amy Wynn Pastor and Carter Oosterhouse will join host Lisa Joyner for the special, which will air in spring 2018. The series is also set to make its return some time in 2018 and is already filming.
A few newcomers, carpenters Brett Tutor and Joanie Dodd, and designers John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto, will also make their debut in the special.
TLC announced that the show would be making a comeback after a 10-year hiatus at the Discovery Communications Upfront in March 2017, and confirmed the cast — nearly all of the original’s beloved personalities — in September.
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The original series, which aired from 2000 to 2008, spawned several specials and spin-offs, and is often credited with launching the home makeover TV craze. “It was the first. I am so proud of it and I never look down on it.” designer Genevieve Gorder told PEOPLE in March.
Many of the show’s original cast members have continued to appear on new TV shows. Gorder hosted the short-lived HGTV series Battle on the Block and Dear Genevieve, and became a judge on the network’s reality competition show, Design Star, alongside her fellow TS alum, Vern Yip. Doug Wilson appeared on Moving Up and America’s Ugliest among others. Carpenter Ty Pennington starred on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for nine seasons. And Carter Oosterhouse has had two series of his own on HGTV.
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Others — Hildi-Santo Tomas, Laurie Smith, Frank Bielic — had gone almost completely off the TV radar. To catch up with the full cast, watch the exclusive video above.
The new season of Trading Spaces is coming to TLC in spring 2018.
If you’re like us, you’re eagerly awaiting the return ofTrading Spaces on TLC in 2018. Back when it premiered, it was the biggest success the network had ever had and was the original home improvement reality show (you’re welcome, Fixer Upper). But for that same reason, it’s only natural some people are concerned the reboot won’t do the original justice.
But don’t worry, no one will be feeling that way after hearing the most recent news. Along with the original host, Paige Davis, designers Doug Wilson, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Bielic and Laurie Smith will all be making an appearance on the remake. Even better: Carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse have signed on, too. We’re not crying, you’re crying.
While TLC confirmed Wilson and Santo-Tomas will be designers, it’s unclear what the other original cast members’ roles will be at this time. But based on what Yip told HouseBeautiful.com earlier this year, we bet he’ll be a designer, too. “I think it would be so much fun, because the game has changed so much,” he said. “But I wouldn’t be able to do the same pace in a weekend and I have kids now.” Fair. Gordon also took to Instagram to share the news with her fans:
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Along with your favorites, the network also plans to introduce new talent to the show, including designers Sabrina Soto, John Gidding and Kahi Lee, who all have experience in the home design world and on television. Brett Tutor and Joanie Sprague have also signed on as carpenters for the show.
If you ask us (and our DVRs), 2018 can’t come soon enough.
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Long, long ago, before Property Brothers, shiplap, and 10 million iterations of House Hunters ruled the home improvement marketplace, there was Trading Spaces. A dorky little show that put TLC on the cable map, Trading Spaces launched in 2000 and asked “what if you gave your neighbors $1,000 and free rein to re-do a room in your home?” The show is widely credited with inspiring the home-renovation craze in television, and birthed not only the “Move! That! Bus!” career of Ty Pennington, but also a number of spin-offs, including Trading Spaces: Family and the Saturday-morning staple Trading Spaces: Boys Vs. Girls. It also birthed a number of hideous, “let’s just hot glue fake flowers to the wall”-style rooms that have hopefully long since been redone.
When TLC announced about a year ago that it was bringing Spaces back, fans and gawkers alike wondered how it would adapt. Host Paige Davis (once known professionally as Paige Page thanks to a marriage to actor Patrick Page) was back, but what about the rest of the both beloved-and-maligned designer gang? And would the money go up? The short answer is that, yes, they’re back, and yes, the money went up—marginally.
Designers Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, and Vern Yip, have returned, as well as carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse. They’ll be joined by designers and carpenters Brett Tutor, Joanie Dodd, John Gidding, Kahi Lee, and Sabrina Soto. Each episode features two different designers and carpenters paired with a couple, who’s then tasked with keeping their wackadoodle, TV-friendly designer under their $2,000 budget. (Fortunately, the homeowner also gets to pick one item the designer “must use” out of the Wayfair.com pop-up store, which can come in handy—especially if the designer can’t afford to buy a rug, or didn’t make plans for lighting.)
This time around, however, the couples are supposed to have at least a little more say as to what goes on in their neighbors’ and friends’ rooms. At least, that’s what designer Doug Wilson tells his family in the new season premiere. He pretends to intently listen to the conservative—some might say boring—Melissa and Keith as they describe the “island resort” they’d like to create for Melissa’s sister and brother-in-law. Then, true to Doug form, he comes back seemingly minutes later with some dark brown paint (for the ceiling, of course) and a huge roll of dirt-cheap burlap, which they’ll be stapling to the walls. You know, so it looks like Hawaii. Melissa and Keith, to their credit, are not happy, telling the camera that their family members are “going to be so disappointed.” Paige worries that they’re being bullied into doing something they don’t want to do, but also cautions them that they should “remain open-minded,” because burlap walls aren’t really that wacky.
Speaking of wacky: Hildi Santo-Tomas. Over in the other house, the woman everyone loved to hate the first time around has decided to turn Melissa and Keith’s guest room into “a deconstructed penguin,” thanks to a convoluted story about both Melissa’s love for penguins and some swanky silk Hildi found somewhere. Armed with her trusty overhead projector, Hildi enlists her homeowners, Ryan and Michelle, to paint a tedious kaleidoscope of blue, peach, yellow, black, and white all over three of the room’s walls—plus the ceiling. She makes some “art” by riding a mountain bike over some paint pans and some canvas (as Paige’s voiceover notes, actually buying art can “easily put our designers over budget”) The remaining wall is entirely covered in mirrors, because it’s Hildi. TyPennington is also charged with executing some sort of Murphy Bed, except he doesn’t have the money for the “expensive hardware” a Murphy Bed requires, and thus just builds some ungodly-heavy-looking bed-on-a-pole built from pressed wood and requiring door locks to keep it shut. Hey, Traders can’t be choosers, right? Ryan and Michelle try to rebel by working slowly and failing to finish their homework of painting the ceiling, but Hildi charges forward, refusing to compromise on her unyielding Hildi-ness, despite the wishes of the family.
In the end, Doug’s room actually doesn’t turn out all that bad—provided you love brown and don’t mind that your master bedroom walls will collect dust for eternity—while Hildi’s room is something Keith clearly abhors, though Melissa congenially says she“appreciates how much work they put into it,” admiring the utility of theMurphy Bed. (Called a Pennington Bed by Hildi, probably because she legally can’t call it a Murphy Bed.) The sister homeowners hug as Paige cheerily wraps things up over some jaunty music, and Hildi and Doug are no doubt whisked off to some alternate location, unconcerned as to whether what they made is actually appreciated or enjoyed, since all they were really aiming to do was to make good, entertaining television.
As long as that’s all you want Trading Spaces to be—entertaining television—then the reboot succeeds. With so much aspirational home programming in the marketplace now, you’re better off going anywhere else for design ideas, advice on how to pick backsplashes, and sound financial decisions that may increase a house’s market value. Trading Spaces, for better or worse, is and has always been about using as little money as possible to create as myopic a room as possible. Some good ideas may sneak through, but even now—10 years after it went off the air—the show still lives and dies on its well-meaning absurdity.
Trading Spaces is getting ready for its return in early 2018, and several cast members from the original series are returning for the revival. These returns include members of the design team. It was previously revealed that Paige Davis was also returning for the revival. She was one of the hosts of the series when it originally aired.
TLC revealed more about the return of this series in a press release and new video. Check both out below.
“TLC is tapping into the nostalgia of the much-anticipated return of TRADING SPACES by bringing back several of the original cast members. Included in the roster of designers are Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. Joining these familiar faces are new design experts and carpenters Brett Tutor, Joanie Sprague, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto. With a combined over 30 years of experience between them, this lineup is well-equipped to help homeowners tackle their ambitious redesign projects.
The design team’s creativity and skill will be put to the test to help neighbors redecorate a room in each other’s home. While utilizing a small renovation budget and a large amount of imagination, the designers and homeowners work together to complete the makeover for each of the rooms. Transforming a room with a limited budget can be a tricky task, but these designers are excited to dive right in and exercise their creative muscles. They can barely wait to see the spaces and come up with new, fresh ideas.
For the alumni cast members, returning to TRADING SPACES is like returning home and, after a 10-year hiatus, they are especially excited to jump right back in with familiar friends and some fresh faces.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TradingSpaces, ‘Like’ the Trading Spaces Facebook page, and watch more video on TLC.com/TradingSpaces.
TRADING SPACES is produced by Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment and is based on Endemol Shine UK format ‘Changing Rooms’, which was a top rated hit for the BBC for almost a decade achieving up to 12 million viewers and sold to 12 territories internationally.”
Do you plan to check out the return of Trading Spaces? Tell us what you think.
The ‘Trading Spaces’ Reboot Will Return For Season 2 With Even More Episodes
Good news for all Trading Spaces fans: your chance to invade your neighbor’s home and redesign it with Doug Wilson has not yet come to an end, because the Trading Spaces reboot is returning for Season 2, according to The Wrap. After a 10 year hiatus, the show returned to TLC in April for eight episodes of DIY bliss. And if you can’t get enough of Hildi Santo Tomás’ repurposed eggshell decor and other unconventional — and sometimes questionable — decor choices, then you’re in for a treat, because The Wrap reported that there will be more episodes this time around, although the exact number has yet to be released.
For longtime fans, those matching work button-ups never get old. And after a whole decade, the same premise still stands. Whether it’s due to that, the DIY flavor, or to the impending drama that could fall between close neighbors at any moment, viewers keep coming back. So it’s no wonder the network was quick to announce the show’s continuation.
As of Saturday, April 7, its 2.8 million viewership boosted it to the number one spot in cable TV. That night’s numbers gave TLC its highest Saturday night ranking in eight years, according to a press release from the network. “The response to the revival of Trading Spaces, from longtime devotees to newfound superfans alike, has been seismic, and we are proud to continue the celebration in 2019,” said Howard Lee, president and general manager of TLC in the press announcement. “We look forward to our designers and carpenters bringing more color, design risk and most of all, fun, into homes across the country in the upcoming season.”
The show pioneered home renovation television. And its ratings prove that dedicated viewers have not forgotten about that. After all, without the big picture thinkers behind Trading Spaces, HGTV marathon lovers may have never met their favorite carpenter-designer duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper. Gasp. Sorry to go there, but it’s true.
Although the show may not produce Fixer Upper-worthy spaces framed in shiplap and rare antiques, it allows viewers to see how far the home design world has come. And hell, if no one was willing to take risks like the designers on Trading Spaces, how would decor enthusiasts ever learn what works and what doesn’t? Sure, they would’ve learned from their own mistakes eventually, but it would’ve been the hard way, that’s for sure.
Production of the new season is slated to take place this summer, according to The Wrap, and casting is underway, so it’s only a matter of time before viewers get to meet some brand new sets of neighbors-turned-amateur designers. The one thing that would be the cherry on top of Season 2 would be new featured designers, but TLC has yet to confirm which veteran members of the cast are returning and whether or not any new faces will be making their debuts. And of course, the show wouldn’t be the same without its original host, Paige Davis. Thankfully, it looks like she’s staying on.
The finale of the current season will air on June 2, and will feature one of the show’s household names, Doug Wilson, who will compete against a new designer — Kahi Lee.
Although casting is still open for next season, time is running low, so if you have a neighbor you’d trust to pick the shade of your bedroom walls or the throw pillows on your couch, you can visit the show’s casting website and apply. Just remember that your participation would involve giving up your house key.
Guys, the time has finally come!
The Trading Spaces reboot is happening this weekend on TLC. But before you settle in on the couch on Saturday, here is everything you need to know about the revival.
1. The reboot premieres on April 7.
Set your DVR for 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST to catch a reunion special and then the first episode of the highly-anticipated season this weekend.
2. The first trailer promises tons of laughter — and drama.
Watch to get a peek of all of your favorites from the original series, like host Paige Davis, carpenter Ty Pennington, and designers Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder in action — and get to know the new cast members too!
3. Paige Davis is back to host.
On July 19, TLC announced what everyone was anxiously waiting to hear: Paige Davis will be back. The beloved host will indeed narrate the weekend-long renovation process. “I’m back at TLC, back home, back where I belong, and I am so thrilled,” Paige said in a video for TLC.
4. As are our other favorite cast members.
Designers Doug Wilson, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Bielec, and Laurie Smith will all be making an appearance on the remake. Even better: carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse have signed on, too.
5. And the designers are thrilled.
In fact, we caught up with several of your favorites to find out what they’ve been up to since the show ended.
We found out Heidi has been living in Paris, France.
And Frank has been doing just about everything, including hosting wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and … napping.
6. There will be new cast members to fall in love with, too.
Along with your favorites, the network also plans to introduce new talent to the show, including designers Sabrina Soto, John Gidding, and Kahi Lee, who all have experience in the home design world and on television. Brett Tutor and Joanie Sprague have also signed on as carpenters for the show.
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7. Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent will make an appearance.
The famous interior design couple, and stars of Nate and Jeremiah By Design, will appear on Trading Spaces as guest designers.
8. Designers will have a budget of $2,000 per room.
Which is twice as much as they had when the show originally aired, but is still extremely tight. “Viewers have become so accustomed to seeing designs done for $50,000 or $100,000. I think this will be inspiring,” TLC executive Howard Lee told TV Insider.
9. Davis says some of her favorite rooms are from the upcoming season.
“Our designers are still pushing themselves to design with the same core principles,” Davis told E! News. The results? Some of her “most favorite rooms of all time.” Consider our interests piqued.
10. Dozens of eggshells were used in one room.
“What one of our designers does with eggshells is shocking,” Howard Lee told TV Insider. He also confirms to expect the very thing that makes this show so exciting, and so hard, to watch: “Not every episode has a happy ending.”
11. Davis says her iconic hairstyle won’t be back.
Some referred to her pixie cut as the “Paige” and Davis says the crew used to joke that it was the new “Rachel.” “At first, it was this wispy cute haircut and then it turned into a Carol Brady helmet flip-do,” Davis told E! News. Which is why she’ll be sporting a longer bob style in the new season.
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12. People are beyond excited.
And who can blame them?
Best news ever to wake up to!! So excited about this @RealPaigeDavis! #TradingSpaces 🎉🥂🏡 https://t.co/20x94iL9t0
— SurferWife (@SurferWife) July 19, 2017 — Amanda 🌈🦄 (@snoopyvalentine) July 19, 2017
@RealPaigeDavis Is coming back for #TradingSpaces and all is right with the world.
— Nikki Pelazza (@Niklee89) July 19, 2017
13. The cast is standing beside Carter Oosterhouse amid sexual misconduct allegations.
As previously reported, Kailey Kaminsky, a former makeup artist from Oosterhouse’s show Carter Can, told The Hollywood Reporter that Oosterhouse repeatedly coerced her into performing oral sex on him during production in 2008, which she says ultimately led to her being hospitalized for depression and losing her job. Oosterhouse acknowledged that he had “an intimate relationship” with Kaminsky, but said it was “100% mutual.”
Several of Oosterhouse’s Trading Spaces costars (he was on the original show from 2004 to 2007 and is appearing in the reboot) are defending him, including host Paige Davis who told Us Weekly, “What I can tell you from my experience with Carter is that he is an absolute professional. I’ve never had any experience with him where I haven’t just had the best time ever. He’s down to earth. He’s very good at what he does. And I enjoyed working these episodes with him. And I’m really excited for them to air.”
WATCH: Where Is the Original Cast of “Trading Spaces” Now?
Lauren Smith McDonough Senior Editor Lauren is a senior editor at Hearst.