‘Trading Spaces’ Hands TLC Its Highest-Rated Saturday in 8 Years

“Trading Spaces” returned to TLC and brought the network’s largest Saturday night audience in eight years.

The premiere episode of the home design show was the most-watched show on TV across the entire night, with 2.8 million total viewers, besting the season premiere of the CBS drama “Ransom” and the HBO’s “Paterno” biopic starring Al Pacino.

The episode was preceded by an hourlong reunion special, which also won its timeslot with 2.5 million total viewers. Together, the two shows earned the Discovery-owned network its most-watched Saturday night block in since 2010.

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“Trading Spaces” was revived by TLC after a decade off the air, with original host Paige Davis returning, as well as designers and carpenters Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. New cast members include Brett Tutor, Joanie Dodd, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto.

It is produced by Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America

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“Trading Spaces” returned to TLC and brought the network’s largest Saturday night audience in eight years.

The premiere episode of the home design show was the most-watched show on TV across the entire night, with 2.8 million total viewers, besting the season premiere of the CBS drama “Ransom” and the HBO’s “Paterno” biopic starring Al Pacino.

The episode was preceded by an hourlong reunion special, which also won its timeslot with 2.5 million total viewers. Together, the two shows earned the Discovery-owned network its most-watched Saturday night block in since 2010.

“Trading Spaces” was revived by TLC after a decade off the air, with original host Paige Davis returning, as well as designers and carpenters Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. New cast members include Brett Tutor, Joanie Dodd, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto.

It is produced by Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America

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‘Trading Spaces’ Host Paige Davis ‘Really Liked’ That ‘Prison of Love’ Bedroom – for Real

Paige Davis has seen hundreds of room transformations from her years hosting “Trading Spaces.” And though the vast majority resulted in beloved transformations, a handful of the redesigned rooms were hated by the homeowners.

Yes, you all know about the room with hay-covered walls, and our readers have probably watched this woman break down over her new-look fireplace, but Davis can’t possibly defend the “Prison of Love” bedroom, could she? After all, it had two friggin’ toilets supporting a bench, jail-cell bars covering the windows, and a terrifying mural that would make one want to return to a nightmare.

“I actually thought that room was really neat! I really liked it,” Davis told TheWrap. “I did!”

OK, Paige, maybe you shouldn’t be considered a tastemaker.

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“The true, original concept is that ‘I know my neighbors and I know that they’re stuck,’” Davis explained. “‘Their home doesn’t represent the people that I know anymore. They’re stuck in the past or they’re too afraid to move forward, and I can envision for them the home that they should have, and I think they should trust me, and I’m gonna trust them, and we’re gonna trade.’”

“But for pure logistical [reasons] — out of absolute necessity, the designers need to plan and shop the room ahead of time,” she added.

That kinda kills the purity pitch about personal touches provided by a neighbor. But “Trading Spaces” certainly isn’t the only reality show to liberally bend the word “reality” — it was just among the first and most popular.

And those few gaudy rooms you couldn’t bear to watch the reveals of? The host has an excuse for her designers that we can kind of buy.

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“It’s a little bit the same as seeing a high-fashion runway show, of couture. Or flipping through the pages of Vogue,” Davis said. “And I don’t mean that as the ‘Trading Spaces’ rooms are high-end — I mean it like they’re very high concept. So, you might see some crazy couture fashion design image in a Vogue magazine, with the crazy makeup. And you look at that picture and say to yourself, ‘Who the hell would ever wear that?’”

“Well, the ‘Trading Spaces’ rooms are very much like that, too. They often — not always — but some of them are out-of-the-box ideas and what some people would think are crazy ideas,” she continued. “They’re meant to inspire you.”

And to inspire high ratings, we imagine, from viewers saying to themselves, “Who the hell would ever sleep there?”

“Trading Spaces” returns to TLC on Saturday at 9/8c.

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Paige Davis has seen hundreds of room transformations from her years hosting “Trading Spaces.” And though the vast majority resulted in beloved transformations, a handful of the redesigned rooms were hated by the homeowners.

Yes, you all know about the room with hay-covered walls, and our readers have probably watched this woman break down over her new-look fireplace, but Davis can’t possibly defend the “Prison of Love” bedroom, could she? After all, it had two friggin’ toilets supporting a bench, jail-cell bars covering the windows, and a terrifying mural that would make one want to return to a nightmare.

“I actually thought that room was really neat! I really liked it,” Davis told TheWrap. “I did!”

OK, Paige, maybe you shouldn’t be considered a tastemaker.

“The true, original concept is that ‘I know my neighbors and I know that they’re stuck,'” Davis explained. “‘Their home doesn’t represent the people that I know anymore. They’re stuck in the past or they’re too afraid to move forward, and I can envision for them the home that they should have, and I think they should trust me, and I’m gonna trust them, and we’re gonna trade.'”

“But for pure logistical [reasons] — out of absolute necessity, the designers need to plan and shop the room ahead of time,” she added.

That kinda kills the purity pitch about personal touches provided by a neighbor. But “Trading Spaces” certainly isn’t the only reality show to liberally bend the word “reality” — it was just among the first and most popular.

And those few gaudy rooms you couldn’t bear to watch the reveals of? The host has an excuse for her designers that we can kind of buy.

“It’s a little bit the same as seeing a high-fashion runway show, of couture. Or flipping through the pages of Vogue,” Davis said. “And I don’t mean that as the ‘Trading Spaces’ rooms are high-end — I mean it like they’re very high concept. So, you might see some crazy couture fashion design image in a Vogue magazine, with the crazy makeup. And you look at that picture and say to yourself, ‘Who the hell would ever wear that?'”

“Well, the ‘Trading Spaces’ rooms are very much like that, too. They often — not always — but some of them are out-of-the-box ideas and what some people would think are crazy ideas,” she continued. “They’re meant to inspire you.”

And to inspire high ratings, we imagine, from viewers saying to themselves, “Who the hell would ever sleep there?”

“Trading Spaces” returns to TLC on Saturday at 9/8c.

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TLC “Very Comfortable” Having Carter Oosterhouse On ‘Trading Spaces’

TLC President/GM Nancy Daniels says the company takes very seriously the accusation of sexual harassment against Trading Spaces carpenter turned reality-TV star Carter Oosterhouse.
TLC recently announced Oosterhouse would be among the Trading Spaces legacy cast members coming back to the series reboot debuting this spring. But, last month, a makeup artist, who worked with him on his HGTV series Carter Can, claimed in a published report that he coerced her into performing…

TLC President/GM Nancy Daniels says the company takes very seriously the accusation of sexual harassment against Trading Spaces carpenter turned reality-TV star Carter Oosterhouse. TLC recently announced Oosterhouse would be among the Trading Spaces legacy cast members coming back to the series reboot debuting this spring. But, last month, a makeup artist, who worked with him on his HGTV series Carter Can, claimed in a published report that he coerced her into performing…

TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ Star Takes Shot at HGTV Darling Joanna Gaines

Them’s fightin’ words, Paige Davis. The “Trading Spaces” host just took a thinly veiled shot at Joanna Gaines and the HGTV “Fixer Upper” star’s favorite design element.

At Friday’s Television Critics Association press tour, one journalist asked a panel of stars from the returning TLC show about their least-favorite home-design trends.

“I’m wondering if you are in agreement for certain types of design trends to disappear, and what some of your pet peeves are and some of the things that you have to talk homeowners out of — like, strongly — and steer them away from?” the reporter asked.

“Like shiplap?” Davis (pictured above, left) asked, eliciting laughter from the panel and the ballroom.

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Yes, that was pretty much it — but this avid “Fixer Upper” viewer couldn’t help but detect major shade. Gaines (pictured above, right) is pretty much the unofficial spokeswoman for shiplap, a specific type of wood siding.

Also, to save you a Google, here’s what shiplap looks like, courtesy of Gaines’ Magnolia Market line:

Your move, Joanna. Oh wait: The woman behind HGTV’s No. 1 show is probably too busy counting her money to respond.

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Them’s fightin’ words, Paige Davis. The “Trading Spaces” host just took a thinly veiled shot at Joanna Gaines and the HGTV “Fixer Upper” star’s favorite design element.

At Friday’s Television Critics Association press tour, one journalist asked a panel of stars from the returning TLC show about their least-favorite home-design trends.

“I’m wondering if you are in agreement for certain types of design trends to disappear, and what some of your pet peeves are and some of the things that you have to talk homeowners out of — like, strongly — and steer them away from?” the reporter asked.

“Like shiplap?” Davis (pictured above, left) asked, eliciting laughter from the panel and the ballroom.

Yes, that was pretty much it — but this avid “Fixer Upper” viewer couldn’t help but detect major shade. Gaines (pictured above, right) is pretty much the unofficial spokeswoman for shiplap, a specific type of wood siding.

Also, to save you a Google, here’s what shiplap looks like, courtesy of Gaines’ Magnolia Market line:

Your move, Joanna. Oh wait: The woman behind HGTV’s No. 1 show is probably too busy counting her money to respond.

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