Frank, dear old cherubic Frank, the beloved designer, the buddy, "thank God it's Frank!", the designer who always adds a personal touch of painting, the designer who listens to his people and changes his plans Frank.
Hildy, stylish Hildy, "Oh, it's Hildy", spare Hildy, the sophisticated designer, clad in black and shod in heels, don't talk back to the designer Hildy, "magenta taupe, magenta taupe, all around the room".
Doug, boo hiss Doug, Mr. Aloof, Mr. Sneer, Mr. my way or the highway, the designer who most closely resembles Snidely Whiplash, "Oh No, it's Doug!", Mr. Modern Dark and Brown.
Laurie, nice Laurie, pregnant and now mother Laurie, Laurie of the Red Curls, the elegant designer, the Southern Belle, "Oh, it's Laurie".
Vern, small but mighty, wielder of Feng Shui, "Oh good, it's Vern", the clean and spare designer, Mr. Candles and bamboo, the romantic designer.
Genevieve, "Oh good, it's Genevieve", clad in black and bare of foot, Genevieve of the long dangly earring, the creative designer, the fun gal, the designer who always uses an inspiration piece, Genevieve the voluptuous.
This year there are two new designers, Edward and Kia, added to the mix. Will Trading Spaces be able to keep my interest? I don't know, but I expect so. They keep adding new designers, the neighbors are new every episode, and they provide both aid and comfort when it comes to decorating. Aid in that they give you some great ideas, and comfort in that they show even professionals can screw up. My favorite disaster was when Hildy decorated a room for a toddler by gluing straw to the walls. When the neighbor mentioned that the child would pick all the straw off, Hildy replied that all you had to do was tell the child not to — end of discussion. Yeah, right. When Doug redid a family room as an art deco movie theater, I had to applaud the execution but wonder at the idea. And when they showed that the "screen" was a puny 19" TV, I had to laugh.
And what is the deal with the designers and ceiling fans. I love mine, but the first thing that goes in any room on this show is the ceiling fan. I was shocked that on the latest episode, Edward only repainted the ceiling fan. Maybe he represents knew thinking on the ceiling fan. Maybe they just haven't informed him of the requirement to get rid of them yet.
If you're looking for something different on TV, give Trading Spaces a try.