January 28, 2005

THE FRAIL IS THE FRANCHISE:

In 'Spaces' Makeover, It's Curtains for Paige (Hank Stuever, January 28, 2005, Washington Post)

To think of all the many around-the-house tasks, circa 2002, that we managed to put off, thanks largely to the irresistible, superhuman chipperness of Paige Davis. (Used to be, oh, look, "Trading Spaces" is on. No, not just on -- a "Trading Spaces" marathon. Put down the car keys, blow off Home Depot and kiss an entire Sunday goodbye.)

Two days! Two neighbors! A thousand dollars! All guided by the perky antics of gamin Paige. Clutching your hand, giggling with that gawky, high-strung girliness of hers, giving you the all-clear: Open your eyes, and look at your room!

Surprise! TLC, the Silver Spring-based network that converted America into a nation of attention-deficit-decorators, announced earlier this week that Paige Davis, the host of "Trading Spaces," has been let go.

Like a harbinger of yesterday's swift resignation of TLC's general manager and layoffs at parent company Discovery, Paige was canned on Monday. Fired, dumped, shown the door: "TLC is taking 'Trading Spaces' in a new creative direction, transitioning to a 'host-less' format this spring," the network explained in a press statement.


Translation: unwatchable. She and that Swedish designer chick were the only way wives got their husbands to tolerate the channel.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2005 12:58 PM
Comments

Didn't Paige Davis have some kind of sordid sex tape scandal come out a little while ago?

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 28, 2005 1:27 PM

No, the real reason to watch was to see the avant-garde creations of Hildy St. Tomas. And if she didn't like the homeowners, watch out!

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 28, 2005 1:40 PM

My 8 year old daughter loves these shows. The ones on HGTV epecially.

Posted by: Bob at January 28, 2005 2:09 PM

The interesting part is how meek the homeowners are, and how happy to wreck their friends' houses. Hildy in particular just makes stuff up as she goes along, the more humiliating the better. Nobody ever stops her.

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 28, 2005 2:27 PM

Didn't Paige Davis have some kind of sordid sex tape scandal . . .

"Tonight, on a very, uh, special episode of 'Trading Spaces' . . ."

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 28, 2005 4:38 PM

TLC used to be interesting. It should be renamed
The Ladies Channel.

Posted by: Bill at January 28, 2005 8:22 PM

The supposed sex tape turned out not to be Ms. Davis.

Vern was their best designer by far, but he hasn't been on in a while.

Posted by: PapayaSF at January 28, 2005 8:39 PM

Which one's the Swedish one? I'm partial to both Hildy and the South-talkin' redhead, myself.

Posted by: Tom at January 29, 2005 9:15 AM

The main reason to watch the show, of course, is Hildy in tight leather pants. The bonus was the fact that even though half the time she's painting stuff white, she never, ever got a drop of paint on those pants. It's kind of spooky.

Posted by: Tom at January 29, 2005 9:18 AM

OJ - Thanks for the link. I still think Hildy and the red-head are cuter, though.

Posted by: Tom at January 29, 2005 3:33 PM

Tom:

You're wrong.

Posted by: oj at January 29, 2005 3:37 PM

You're priceless, OJ; don't ever change!

Posted by: Tom at January 29, 2005 7:43 PM

Tom:

You're right.

Posted by: oj at January 29, 2005 9:37 PM
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