Paige Davis to Return to Re-Launch of TLC's "Trading Spaces"

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Paige Davis — recently seen in the national tour of Sweet Charity — will return to her role as host on TLC's "Trading Spaces," according to Variety.

Davis will join former designers Doug Wilson, Laurie Hickson-Smith, Frank Bielec and Hildi Santo-Thomas when she returns to the show, which will undergo a makeover of its own. The trade mag noted TLC plans to relaunch the series in January 2008 with A. Smith & Co. ("Hell's Kitchen") at the helm. One of the first home makeover shows of its kind, "Trading Spaces" saw two neighbors (or couples) swapping control over the redesign (and subsequent implementation of that design) of a room in each of their houses. The show provided both positive and negative reactions from the owners upon returning to learn what had been done.

Davis left the show in 2005, according to Variety. The publication cites a decrease in viewership following her departure and mentions the number of copycat shows that soon flooded the airwaves.

Davis earned an Emmy nomination for her host duties on the original run of the series. The star took over the lead in the Sweet Charity tour from Molly Ringwald. She has also starred on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago and played on stage in A Chorus Line, Company, Pippin and Hello, Dolly! She is married to Grinch star Patrick Page.

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