Trading Spaces changes: room selection will surprise homeowners, designers.

Trading Spaces changes: room selection will surprise homeowners, designers.
In an attempt to breathe new life into its once-unstoppable design show Trading Spaces, TLC is changing the show’s format slightly for its fifth season. Broadcasting & Cable reports that the biggest change is that “the designers and home owners won’t know beforehand which room they’ll be remodeling.” Previously, homeowners selected a room to be remodeled, and designers received photographs and plans prior to arriving at the location. The publication also says the new season “will feature new designers, fresh challenges and visits to new towns.” Following in fellow designer Doug Wilson’s footsteps, designer “Genevieve Gorder is getting her own show. Town Haul, slated to debut in early 2005, will go into a small town and rally the residents to remake public spaces, like a teen center or a church basement,” according to B&C. Television Week quotes Gen, who says, “TLC has given me the chance to actually move into towns across the country and work with them to recreate their identity. From the baseball team to the church basement to Main Street, this new series is going to demonstrate the power of what design can really do in a very big way.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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