Trading Spaces spin-off debuted Sat.; host already being replaced.

Trading Spaces spin-off debuted Sat.; host already being replaced.
On Saturday, TLC debuted a spin-off to its wildly popular home decorating reality TV show Trading Spaces. The new show is called While You Were Out, and features a rotating group of six designers and two carpenters who redecorate a room in someone’s house over two days (sound familiar?). However, they do so while one of the two owners is away, surprising him or her with the changes upon their return; plus, the budget is $1,500 and both carpenters help out on each episode. As Entertainment Weekly reports, the show’s host, Anna Bocci, has been let go. Citing her upcoming marriage, executive producer Stephen Schwartz tells EW, “We had to let her out of her deal. It was too much for her.” They’re currently looking for a new host. The show airs Sundays at noon ET.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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