'Trading Spaces' returning to TLC after eight-year hiatus
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/29/2017
Trading Spaces fans, brace yourselves, because the show is coming back!
TLC has announced it's reviving Trading Spaces, a show which traditionally featured pairs of neighbors swapping homes and performing single-room makeovers with the help of a professional designer and carpenter in two days on a $1,000 budget, for debut in 2018.
"TLC is back into home and property with Nate and Jeremiah by Design, our new show helping distressed homeowners turn disasters into dream homes," TLC President Nancy Daniels said in a statement.
"We are thrilled to expand in this space, and what better way to do that than to bring back Trading Spaces, the series that put property on the map."
The pairs participating in the makeovers had no control over the redesigns in their own homes, however, they were able to at least give input before the decorating process began. The cast members would sleep in their neighbor's home until the big reveals at the end of the final day.
Further details regarding the new season of Trading Spaces will be released at a later date.
The original series, which aired from 2000 to 2008, featured a rotating cast of designers beloved mostly for their big personalities and wacky ideas.
TLC announced it had canceledTrading Spaces, its once high-flying flagship series, in February 2009 after eight seasons and a revamp -- which was comprised of a tweaked format, new host and an "emotional hook" in every episode -- that failed to revive the show's once-impressive ratings.
During its ratings heyday, Trading Spaces was the No. 1 cable show on Saturday nights.
In October 2003, a Sunday night broadcast of a Trading Spaces$100 Grand special that featured two pairs of homeowners performing $50,000 makeovers drew 9.1 million total viewers -- which was more viewers than either ABC or NBC drew in the same time period.
"Trading Spaces helped put TLC 'on the map' as a breakout hit that brought new highs to cable viewership. The show and its talent became household names and we'll always celebrate that success," the network's president at the time of the show's cancellation, Eileen O'Neill, had said in a statement released to Reality TV World.