|Presented by||Paige Davis|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
A. Smith & Co. Productions
|Original network||TLC and Discovery Home and Discovery Channel|
October 13, 2000 - December 13, 2008
April 7, 2018 – present
Trading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that originally aired from 2000 to 2008 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms. The first iteration ran for eight seasons.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Production and changes
- 3 Cast
- 4 Spin-offs
- 5 References
- 6 External links
In each episode, two sets of neighbors redecorated one room in each other's home. Each two-person team had two (later, three) days, a budget of US$1,000, (later $2,000) and the services of a designer. Although the producers generally allowed the teams to go over budget slightly, there was one instance when a designer went $150 over budget and the producers forced her to return a rug she bought for the project.
The teams have no say over what happens in their own homes, but they are able to give input into what happens in the home they are redecorating. The teams are not allowed to enter their own home for the duration of the show, and the transformed rooms are revealed only at the end of the final day.
The show was generally credited[who?] with sparking a nationwide interest in home decorating and improvement television shows in the United States. At the peak of its popularity, it inspired ancillary products, such as two Trading Spaces books and a computer software program. The show also served as the launching pad for Ty Pennington, one of the show's original carpenters who went on to become host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.
Production and changes
The first season featured original host Alex McLeod and some designers who never returned to the show, such as Dez Ryan and Roderick Shade, and was produced by Knoxville, Tennessee–based Ross Productions. After the first 40 episodes, McLeod received an Emmy nomination for her work in the first season, but left to pursue other television opportunities.[better source needed] Beginning with the second season in 2001, Paige Davis took over as host, with the new production company Banyan Productions of Philadelphia. Early-season episodes were traditionally videotaped in and around the production company's home base.
Beginning in the show's fifth season, homeowners chose up to three rooms for their neighbors to re-decorate, and the rooms were selected randomly, with some rooms having increased budgets of $2000 or $3000. Midway through this season, Davis was dismissed, and the show went to a hostless format for several seasons and episodes often featured two carpenters.[better source needed] This change allowed the two homes to be farther apart, with the most extreme case featuring homes in New York and Oklahoma in the same episode.
On November 13, 2007, it was announced that Davis would be returning as the host of Trading Spaces beginning in January 2008. The first episode with Davis as host aired on January 26, 2008. The show also changed production companies, from Banyan Productions to A. Smith & Co. Productions. On February 6, 2009, Davis announced that Trading Spaces was not picked up for a ninth season.
On March 28, 2017, TLC announced that it had ordered a revival of Trading Spaces from Endemol Shine North America's Authentic Entertainment. Host Paige Davis returned, joined by a number of cast members from the original era of the series, as well as new members Brett Tutor, Joanie Dodd, John Gidding, Kahi Lee, Sabrina Soto, as well as Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent as a one-off crossover for fellow TLC series Nate & Jeremiah By Design. A reunion special hosted by Lisa Joyner was also planned to accompany the April 7, 2018 premiere, featuring appearances by other former cast members. The format remains relatively unchanged from the previous seasons, although the spending budget was increased to $2,000. There is also brand integration with the online retailers Overstock.com and Wayfair; one of the retailers provides a "pop-up store" with home décor products during each episode, where a homeowner may pick an item for incorporation into their respective room.
The two-hour season premiere (which included the reunion special and the season premiere episode) was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it TLC's highest-rated Saturday primetime program since 2010.
On May 30, 2018, TLC announced that Trading Spaces was renewed for another season, which will be the second season of the revival and season 10 overall. Production is slated to begin in summer 2018. The series will return to TLC in early 2019 with more episodes than the eight this current run got, though the final number has yet to be determined.
The show featured different participants each episode. The designers and carpenters alternate for each show.
Original run (2000–2008)
- Goil Amornvivat (2007–2008; from Bravo's Top Design)
- Frank Bielec (2000–2008)
- Nancy Hadley (2008)
- Laurie Hickson-Smith (2000–2008)
- Gordon Holmes (2008)
- Lauren Makk (2007–2008)
- Hildi Santo-Tomas (2000–2008)
- Edward Walker (2002–2008), originally a fabric coordinator for the show
- Douglas Wilson (2000–2008)
- Laura Day (2004, 2007)
- Mario DeArmas (2007)
- Nadia Geller (one episode in 2007)
- Genevieve Gorder (2000–2003, 2005–2007; now[when?] on Dear Genevieve)
- Jon Laymon (2005–2007; winner of Pick the Next Designer competition)
- Christi Proctor (2003–2007)
- Rick Rifle (pseudonym for Richard Whiteford II) (2003–2004)
- Dez Ryan (2000–2001)
- Leslie Segrete (2005–2007)
- Roderick Shade (one episode in 2000)
- Kia Steave-Dickerson (2002–2004, 2007)
- Barry Wood (2004–2007; now on Hidden Potential)
- Vern Yip (2001–2003, 2007; now on Deserving Design)
- Anna Ryder Richardson (one episode; from Changing Rooms; rebroadcast as "British Invasion" on The Best Of Trading Spaces episode 17, January 18, 2011)
- Amy Devers (2008)
- Faber Dewar (2004–2008)
- Thad Mills (2007–2008)
- Brandon Russell (2007–2008)
- Patty Benson (2007)
- Jason Cameron (from While You Were Out)
- Andrew Dan-Jumbo (one episode in 2007; from While You Were Out)
- Andy Kane (2002–2003, 2007; a.k.a. Handy Andy of Changing Rooms)
- Jimmy Little (several episodes in a row after Town Haul ended)
- Carter Oosterhouse (2003–2007; now host of Carter Can)
- Amy Wynn Pastor (2000–2007)
- Ty Pennington (2000–2003, 2007; host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 2003–2012)
- Leslie Segrete (2005–2007; from While You Were Out)
- Frank Bielec
- Genevieve Gorder
- Hildi Santo-Tomas
- Laurie Smith
- Douglas Wilson
- Vern Yip
Note: Roderick Shade appears in one episode and is not on the designer chart list.
Trading Spaces: Family
The first spin-off, entitled Trading Spaces: Family, also aired on TLC (2003–2005). It allowed larger teams of three or four, including children considered too young to participate in the original Trading Spaces program. The same designers and carpenters (one per episode, shared by the two teams) worked with host Joe Farrell.
Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls
Another spin-off, Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls aired as a part of Discovery Kids (and also formerly aired on the network's Saturday morning block on NBC). Unlike the original, this version used the same two designers and two carpenters for each episode. In addition, there is no budget limit, and the rooms are rebuilt into theme rooms, making the show look more like Monster House. Reruns aired on The Hub until New Year's Eve 2010.
Trading Spaces: Home Free
Trading Spaces: 100 Grand
This was a special episode where the budget was increased to $50,000 per team (while keeping the standard time limit).
The Best Of Trading Spaces
In January 2011, TLC's sister channel OWN debuted The Best Of Trading Spaces, which revisits some of the traded spaces from the series. Paige Davis hosts the new segments, including interviews with the people who traded spaces in each episode and what has been changed in the spaces since the original episode aired.
- Alex McLeod
- Newsweek Archives
- Paige Davis
- National Ledger: John Legend, Keri Russell and Cast Go Extra Mile for August Rush.
- Paige Davis returning to 'Trading Spaces'
- Out With the Drapes - Trading Spaces is Tossed
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