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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Paige Davis attributes Trading Spaces' big ratings to the show being "comfort food" in our "scary time"
Davis said the original Trading Spaces took off after the 9/11 attacks, and she's seeing parallels between then and now. “It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you fall on, it’s kind of a scary time," she tells The New York Observer, which is owned by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. "We’re at odds with each other so everybody wants something that’s comfortable—like food. What do you do when you’re not feeling great—you have mac and cheese, that’s what you do. So, we’re like that comfort food that you go back to.”
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Trading Spaces returns to big ratings on TLC
The revival's season premiere averaged 2.8 million viewers, including delayed viewership.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Trading Spaces ditches the sadness with a kinder, gentler revival
As Kate Dries points out, it seems TLC sent an edict that the reboot of its classic home makeover reality show stop being brutal, as viewers prefer watching home makeover reality stars be nice nowadays. The change in attitude, says Dries, reflects the nature of the current makeover reality show landscape, which she says has "settled into a comfortable rhythm since Trading Spaces was last on the air. Characters are known and loved, and people getting upset because of the outcome of their living spaces is not en vogue. Some of the highest-rated shows on HGTV include Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and Flip or Flop -- programs in which the drama comes from the ribbing between the ones making the houses look great, and from having to adapt to things not working out as they’ve planned, not in the homeowners being disappointed. The focus is on anyone being able to have their dream scenario, not on getting one’s hopes up, only to have them crushed. In this way, the new Trading Spaces ... seems perfectly suited to come back as a slightly tweaked version of its past selves, most of the sadness removed, all of the fun remaining."
- Trading Spaces returns "essentially unchanged and contagiously giddy" -- showcasing the "everyday strangeness of marriage and domesticity"
- Paige Davis says there's no rivalry with other shows: "I would love for Chip and Joanna to be guest designers on our show"'
- Trading Spaces gets new sponsors: Wayfair, Lowe's and Overstock will be incorporated into the show
- Doug Wilson and Laurie Smith admit: "We are old!"
- How Hilda Santo-Tomas became an unlikely queer icon
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Reality TV is eating itself with the return of Jersey Shore and Trading Spaces
The return of Trading Spaces on Saturday and Jersey Shore tonight with a Family Vacation season will test whether two relics of a more naive time in reality television can hold up, says Jon Caramanica. "The reality television of the 2000s was a proving ground and a wide-open playing field, a thing you could graduate from to do better things, emotionally or professionally," he says. "Those stars — of the docudrama hall-of-fame series Jersey Shore and the standard-setting home renovation show Trading Spaces — arrived as neophytes and left as savvy instacelebs, beneficiaries of the early wave of reality king- and queen-making. But as the end of the 2010s approaches, reality TV has become an ouroboros, so self-referential and saturated that opportunities for advancement — or growth, or shock — have winnowed. It has become its own career path, and its innovations are slowing."
- Jersey Shore changed reality TV for the better, and it's remarkable how well Family Vacation holds that up
- Jersey Shore stars realized their fortunes are linked, whether they like it or not
- Nothing has changed on Jersey Shore Family Vacation, but the reunion feels like hanging with old friends
- How Jersey Shore killed the Guido aesthetic
- Read an oral history of Jersey Shore
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
After hearing of the Trading Spaces revival, Paige Davis called TLC to insist she return as host
Davis first heard about the revival from her friends who read the news. So she called TLC and said, “You know I want to host, right?” Davis said: “I didn’t want anyone else to have my part!”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
TLC is “very comfortable” working with Carter Oosterhouse following a sexual assault allegation
Oosterhouse didn’t attend today’s TV press tour session with the Trading Spaces cast. After Oosterhouse was accused by his former makeup artist of coercing her to perform oral sex on him on the set of HGTV show Carter Can, TLC president and general manager Nancy Daniels said an investigation was launched. “We did look into the allegations," she said. "We also looked into everything that we did throughout our production on this (run) of Trading Spaces, and we take it all very seriously. At the end of the day, we feel very comfortable continuing with Carter in the show."
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Trading Spaces’ Paige Davis throws shade at Joanna Gaines
While promoting the revival of the TLC favorite at the TV press tour, Davis was asked about her least-favorite home-design trend. “Like shiplap?” she responded, eliciting laughter. HGTV Fixer Upper star Gaines happens to be the unofficial spokesperson for shiplap, a specific type of wood siding.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 2:45PM EST
Before Trading Spaces returns, its stars will reunite for a “Where Are They Now?” special
Watch a preview of Paige Davis, Ty Pennington and other cast members reminiscing about the original incarnation of the TLC series.
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:26PM EDT
Trading Spaces designers were stunned when one original cast member returned for the reboot
Frank Bielec was expected to be a no-show because he had criticized the overexposure of Trading Spaces in the past and had lost touch with his fellow designers.
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 3:31PM EDT
Trading Spaces reboot will come with a spinoff digital competition
Paige Davis will also host the six-part competition that will have designers competing against each other.
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 2:29AM EDT
Meet the new Trading Spaces stars
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Trading Spaces revival is bringing back the original designers and carpenters -- including Vern Yip and Ty Pennington
Not only is Paige Davis returning, but she’ll be joined by the original stars of the TLC reality hit, including Yip, Pennington, Genevieve Gorder, Carter Oosterhouse, Doug Wilson, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith and Frank Bielec. PLUS: Watch the first promo.