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Mark Steines Abruptly and Mysteriously Leaves Job Co-Hosting Hallmark's 'Home & Family'

TV host Mark Steines has left his Home & Family. The 53-year-old abruptly departed the Hallmark Channel morning show on Thursday, May 31, capping off nearly six years as its co-host. And as of the time of this post, neither he nor the network has offered any indication why. In fact, all we have is this cursory statement from his former employer, Crown Media Family Networks: "Today Hallmark Channel has parted ways with Mark Steines as the co-host of the network's lifestyle series Home & Family. We are extremely grateful to Mark for his incredible work and wish him all the best success in his future endeavors." Meanwhile, Mark hasn't offered an explanation for his departure on social media. His last Instagram post showed him and his Home & Family co-stars honoring Memorial Day, and his last Twitter post plugged an interview in which he dispenses career advice. Who wore it better? A
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Trading Spaces: Season 10; TLC Renews Home Makeover TV Series

Trading Spaces will return. Today, TLC announced they've renewed the TV series reboot for a 10th season.The home renovation show follows neighbors as they remake each other's houses with the help of designers and carpenters. The series is hosted by Paige Davis and features designers Doug Wilson, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, and Vern Yip. New designers include John Gidding, Kahi Lee, and Sabrina Soto.Read More…
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Designer Frank Bielec Says the New 'Trading Spaces' Is Totally Different — And So Is He!

Designer Frank Bielec ended up on TLC's Trading Spaces purely by happenstance. He was filling in as a last-minute substitute demonstrator at a decorative paint convention in Nashville when he caught the eye of a television producer. He certainly never expected to become a breakout TV star shortly after his October 2000 debut… or to be coming back as an all-new Frank in an all-new version of the hit reality show, all these years later. "I just thought there were so many reasons I didn't want to get back into that stuff, the whole celebrity thing," he recently told Good Housekeeping. But Trading Spaces just wouldn't be the same without Frank. Viewers love him for his friendliness, his wit, and his crafty aesthetic. Even though he describes the experience of filming his first episode in the original run as "a cross between plastic surgery and a root canal," he soon
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Paige Davis Gushes About Reviving 'Trading Spaces' — "It Was as If We'd Never Stopped!" (Exclusive)

Fans are over the moon about TLC reviving Trading Spaces — as is the series' host, Paige Davis! During an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly, Paige gushed about working with her old co-stars on the reboot. "It was really amazing. It was as if we'd never stopped. All the original legacy designers are back and we have a couple of new faces too," she explained while working with Purina on their Better with Pets @Home editor showcase in NYC in mid-April. "We all just kept looking at each other and asking, 'Has it been 10 years or has it been 10 weeks?' It just didn't feel like we even skipped a beat. It was very much this feeling of the band being back together and we're back on tour," she continued. And that's not all — it turns out that the Trading Spaces stars are also super close off-screen, too! "We actually hang out together.
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‘Trading Spaces’ Hands TLC Its Highest-Rated Saturday in 8 Years

  • The Wrap
“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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Obsessed With 'Trading Spaces'? Here's Every Place You Can Stream The Design Show Online

After the Trading Spaces reboot aired this past Saturday April 7 on TLC, it's safe to say that everyone's favorite design show is back and better than ever. The audience reception has been so outstanding, in fact, that everyone and their mother is asking, "Where can I watch Trading Spaces?" Fortunately, we've got just the answer. Considering that the original series ran from 2000 to 2008, there are plenty of episodes floating around the Internet. That said, a majority of them are only available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play. If you're looking to steam both new and old episodes for free, the only place to do so is the official TLC Trading Spaces homepage. The latest episode, "Not Our First Rodeo" is already available to stream! Beyond that, there are 22 classic episodes available to watch including fan-favorites like "Los Angeles: North Cherokee Avenue," "Raleigh: Legging Lane," and "Washington, DC: Acker Place.
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13 Worst ‘Trading Spaces’ Designs, From the Sob-Inducing Fireplace to Straw-Covered Walls (Photos)

  • The Wrap
In honor of the triumphant return of TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” TheWrap looks back at some of the worst designs from the show’s original run, from hay glued to the wall to furniture nailed to the ceiling.

Straw walls

Hildi Santo-Tomas was always “Trading Spaces'” biggest provocateur. Eventually even the homeowners knew to steel themselves if she showed up as their designer. Never content to simply paint the walls, Santo-Tomas aimed to think outside the box — way, way outside. And perhaps the epitome of that was when she had the bright idea to glue straw to paint the ceiling pink and glue straw to the walls as some kind of avant-garde wall treatment. The homeowners, predictably, hated it.

Red and white

The only designer who ever came close to matching Santo-Tomas’s ambition was Doug Wilson, who once saw fit to put a loud red-and-white pattern and enormous lounge seating into an already too-small room, making it seem about as big as a cardboard box.

The fireplace

One of the most infamous reveals in “Trading Spaces” history was the episode featuring the woman who would come to be known as “Crying Pam.” In the episode, Wilson chose to cover the homeowners’ brick fireplace with a modern white facade. When it came time for reveal, Pam broke down in tears, quietly telling host Paige Davis that she’d have to leave the room. Unfortunately Crying Pam forgot to remove her mic, and was recorded sobbing as her husband and Davis tried to survive the crippling awkwardness.

Mosaic Hildi

As if there was ever any risk of the homeowners forgetting that Santo-Tomas was the one to inject her, shall we say, unique sense of taste into their home, the designer once put up an accent wall in a dining room featuring a floor-to-ceiling mosaic rendering of her own face.

A horror show

A horror-inspired theme for a kitchen is bad enough, but as is her wont, Santo-Tomas took the whole concept to the next level. She had the room painted a truly off-putting shade of red, commissioned shelving made to look like a coffin, and the pièce de résistance, a blood-stained tarp stapled to the wall as “an art project.” Appetizing.

Flower bathroom

In one homeowner’s bathroom, Santo-Tomas stapled hundreds of fake flowers to the walls and painted all the trim gold. All things considered, it could’ve been worse.

The upside-down

Stranger Things” has nothing on Hildi. Turning the entire concept of interior design on its head, Santo-Tomas turned one couple’s living room literally upside-down, hanging all the furniture from the ceiling. Because why not? Oh, because people actually have to live in this house, that’s why.

Sand everywhere

A beach-themed room could be nice. A beach inside your room, complete with outdoor furniture, a tree and an open-flame torch, is not. The worst part is, if the homeowners wanted to undo the room entirely — which they presumably did, because they seemed to have sense — the sand-covered floors ensured that process would be a true nightmare.

Safari bedroom

Sometimes the “Trading Spaces” designers seemed to commit themselves to a theme in a way that made the show more interesting to watch than if they were trying for something tasteful, but often resulted in a truly hideous living space. That seemed to be the case when Wilson went for a jungle safari vibe in one couple’s bedroom, with zebra print walls and bamboo on the ceiling and furniture.

Pebble fireplace

Sometimes the theme for the room was inspired by the homeowners’ own interests, and after two days they would come home to find something they had a passing interest in blown up to an unreasonable proportion and glued to the walls, or something. For example, one homeowner’s collection of glass beads was sewn into her pillows, hung from curtain rods and used as a gaudy new facade for her fireplace, all accompanied by a warm, inviting concrete floor.

Paintball

Santo-Tomas lived every seven-year-old boy’s dream in the episode where she chose to paint the walls with paintball guns. Problem was, paintballs are more oil than actual paint, and the bright pink splatters quickly became a greasy, drippy mess (she blamed it on the heat). To make matters worse, the force of the gun damaged the drywall and the oil was impossible to clean, so painting over it? Not an option.

Black…

Santo-Tomas and Wilson even teamed up once for an episode that worked better as a conceptual design challenge than in its execution. Two couples asked for bright colors to reflect their personality, and in response, the two designers delivered completely monochromatic rooms, one all black and the other all white. Santo-Tomas’s room wowed her homeowners with an intricate ribbon wall treatment and all black furniture. Wilson, however, didn’t get quite the same response.

… and White

The couple who received Wilson’s white room specifically asked that their newly refurbished wood floors not be touched. But if the color doesn’t match the palette, then request be damned, right? Wilson painted the floors (and everything else in the room) a blinding white, resulting in something straight out of a Kubrick film. Hope they don’t have kids or pets.

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

‘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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TLC Rebuilds Commercials for ‘Trading Spaces’

When the folks at TLC decided to bring the home-design series “Trading Spaces” back to the network’s programming lineup after a decade off the air, they knew they’d have to craft more than just the show’s episodes.

There’s a whole new advertising structure in place as well. And it will surface for the first time this Sunday, April 7, when the program makes its return at 9 p.m.

In years past, “Spaces” drew the attention of Home Depot, Lowe’s, Gmc, Bosch Tools, Behr Paint and even Procter & Gamble’s Swiffer. For its 2018 return, executives at the Discovery Inc.
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Meet the Cast of the 'Trading Spaces' Reboot — You'll Recognize Nearly Everyone!

They're back and better than ever! The highly-anticipated Trading Spaces reboot is set to premiere on TLC on April 7, 10 years after the original's series finale. The hit show aired on the network from 2000 to 2008, and now that it's coming back, many have wondered who's returning for the reboot. Check out the video above to see the new and improved cast of Trading Spaces — you're bound to recognize pretty much everyone! The basis of the home-design show is simple: two sets of neighbors are each given their own designer and carpenter, and they're let loose to redesign one room in the other neighbor's home — all in a 48 hour time limit and on a $1,000 budget (It's been reportedly raised from $1,000 to $2,000 for the reboot, though!). Throughout its eight-year tenure, fans fell in love with many of the cast members, so luckily most of the fan favorites are returning. (Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Trading Spaces Stars Recall Worst Design Trends Ahead of Reboot

The new Trading Spaces is right around the corner! The original TLC home improvement series aired between 2000 and 2008 and showed how neighbors redesigned rooms in each other's homes, with professional help, of course. A Trading Spaces reboot premieres next month and will feature returning cast members Paige Davis, the host, carpenter Ty Pennington, and designers Hildi Santo-Tomas, Genevieve GorderLaurie Smith, Doug Wilson and Vern Yip. The new series will also feature newbies Joanie Sprague, formerly of America's Next Top Model, and Hgtv star John Gidding. Many of the stars recalled in a Parade magazine interview some...
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Meet the Cast of the 'Trading Spaces' Reboot — You'll Recognize Nearly Everyone!

They're back and better than ever! The highly-anticipated Trading Spaces reboot is set to premiere on TLC on April 7, 10 years after the original's series finale. The hit show aired on the network from 2000 to 2008, and now that it's coming back, many have wondered who's returning for the reboot. Check out the video above to see the new and improved cast of Trading Spaces — you're bound to recognize pretty much everyone! The basis of the home-design show is simple: two sets of neighbors are each given their own designer and carpenter, and they're let loose to redesign one room in the other neighbor's home — all in a 48 hour time limit and on a $1,000 budget (It's been reportedly raised from $1,000 to $2,000 for the reboot, though!). Throughout its eight year tenure, fans fell in love with many of the cast members, so luckily most of the fan favorites are returning. (Photo Credit: Getty Images
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You Guys, the Premiere Date for the 'Trading Spaces' Reboot Is Right Around the Corner!

Set your DVRs, y’all. The reboot for TLC’s iconic show Trading Spaces — which originally ran from 2000 to 2008 — finally has a premiere date! The hit home design series officially returns on Saturday, April 7, at 9 p.m. Est. Back in January, fans were treated to a first glimpse of the upcoming revival on Trading Spaces’ official Facebook page. In the preview (which has racked up millions of views), we see the original crew back in action. Yep, beloved host Paige Davis and sexy carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse — along with more of your favorites — are part of the new series. The sneak peek promises "more outrageous moments" and even "more Omg reveals." In a February interview with Kansas City Spaces, Paige, 48, opened up about what viewers can expect from Trading Spaces 2.0. "It won’t be very different," she said. "It really is the show everybody loves. The budget is different,
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‘Trading Spaces’ Cast Talks The Return Of The Home Design Series

“Trading Spaces” is back. The home design hit, which originally aired between 2000 and 2011, is getting a makeover for a brand new reboot. Et Canada sits down with the show’s cast, including original designers Hildi Santo-Tomas, Doug Wilson, Ty Pennington and host Paige Davis to get the scoop on the show’s return. “It feel
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‘Trading Spaces’ Gets Fans Stoked With New Trailer

  • ET Canada
If they build it, fans will come. TLC’s new teaser for “Trading Spaces” gives viewers a taste of what they can expect later this year. Booze, baby slides, and even a horse are displayed in the two-minute-plus trailer. Related: TLC Boss Defends Carter Oosterhouse Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations Paige Davis returns as the show’s host, alongside returning
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TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ Star Takes Shot at Hgtv Darling Joanna Gaines

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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 HgtvFixer 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...
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Trading Spaces Reboot Promises Shocking Reveals That Rival the Original Series

Fans of the original Trading Spaces can rest easy: The show’s reboot officially includes some of the hilarious design fails and cringe-worthy homeowner reactions you know and love, a new interview confirms.

“Not every episode has a happy ending,” TLC’s executive vice president of development and production Howard Lee tells TV Guide. “What one of our designers does with eggshells is shocking. Dozens and dozens of eggs were harmed.”

Returning carpenter Ty Pennington echoes the sentiment, noting that it’s the show’s unpredictability that separates it from the pristine renovations viewers have come to expect on TV
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Trading Spaces' Paige Davis Talks TLC Revival and That Haircut 10 Years Later

Trading Spaces' Paige Davis Talks TLC Revival and That Haircut 10 Years Later
Paige is back, but the haircut isn't... Before the Property Brothers, Flip or Flop or Fixer Upper, there was Trading Spaces, TLC's hit home makeover show that's been off the air since 2008. In March, TLC announced that the neighbor-to-neighbor switcheroo home show, which ran for eight seasons, would be coming back in the spring of 2018. If that wasn't enough to tickle your design-on-a-dime fancy or prime your paintbrushes, the network revealed in July that while the revival was getting a face lift, the original show's plucky host, Paige Davis, would stay the same. E! News recently caught up with Davis to talk about the revamp, what she's been up to for the past decade and what she...
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‘Trading Spaces’ Reunion Show Set Ahead Of Revival Launch

TLC is continuing to ramp up the return of its onetime flagship home-makeover series Trading Spaces, saying today it will air a reunion special in spring 2018. The new Trading Spaces also is set to return in the spring with original host Paige Davis and fellow veterans Genevieve Gorder, Carter Oosterhouse, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington, Hildi Santo-Thomas, Doug Wilson and Vern Yip. The reunion special, hosted by Long Lost Family‘s Lisa Joyner, follows the group getting…
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TLC to Host Trading Spaces Reunion: Watch Paige Davis & Co. Look Back Ahead of the Show's 2018 Return

TLC to Host Trading Spaces Reunion: Watch Paige Davis & Co. Look Back Ahead of the Show's 2018 Return
Before TLC’s iconic home-makeover series Trading Spaces returns for Round 2 in 2018, the original team is reuniting for a game of Where Are They Now.

RelatedTrading Spaces Returning to TLC

Paige Davis, who is returning to host Trading Spaces 2.0, will appear alongside Amy Wynn Pastor, Carter Oosterhouse, Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip in a catch-up special airing this spring (exact date Tbd), hosted by Lisa Joyner of TLC’s Long Lost Family.

As seen in the preview clip above, the original cast members will reminisce about their favorite room transformations,
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