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This is not a drill: The hit show that instigated America’s love for redecorating shows and was a television mainstay in the early 2000s is officially coming back—and it's going to feature a lot of familiar faces. TLC is not only re-launching the beloved show Trading Spaces after a 10-year hiatus: Our favorite designers are back to join the gig, too.
The network announced in July that original host Paige Davis would be making a return, but until now, we haven't had many details on how the reboot will compare to the original. Fans of the show (which ran from 2000 to 2008) will be pleased to hear that many of the same design professionals will be returning to help the newest batch of neighbors swap houses to redecorate on a budget.
It was confirmed earlier this week that now famous carpenters, Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse, will be returning—along with some assistance from several of the original designers. Decorators Doug Wilson, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Bielic, and Laurie Smith have all also signed on to participate in some way.
And as excited as we are to welcome back our favorites, the new Trading Spaces reboot will be introducing some fresh faces into the fold as well. HGTV fans are sure to recognize a few of the new editions—Sabrina Soto, John Gidding, and Kahi Lee—who all have experience in the television and design worlds, in addition to already having appeared on several home improvement shows.
Former MMA fighter and stuntman Brett Tutor will also be joining the cast as another carpenter, along with former America's Next Top Model contestant Joanie Sprague.
“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,” said TLC President and General Manager Nancy Daniels in a statement.
This updated cast makes for a fun mix of personalities, and we couldn't be more excited to relive the nostalgia of the early 2000s. In the meantime, we’ll be watching clips of the old show on TLC’s website.
Originally published on March 28, 2017. Updated with new information on September 18, 2017.
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