While You Were Out is a reboot of the original reality show, with the same name, that aired on TLC between 2002 to 2006. The new season (technically, the revival and fifth installment of the show) premiered on March 16, 2019, as a collaboration between HGTV and TLC. While You Were Out is pretty similar to the format of Trading Spaces on TLC and Changing Rooms on BBC One. It is, in fact, a spinoff of the former show.
While You Were Out Cast: Who is in it?
This reality home-makeover series wis hosted by Ananda Lewis. She is an American TV personality, social activist, and model best known for her talk show The Ananda Lewis Show.
Former designers from TLC and HGTV/ DIY Network work in teams of two to work toward remodeling a home. The episodes of the show is tailored according to the TLC and HGTV audiences — with each episode airing at the same time on both networks. Designers from TLC are Carter Oosterhouse, Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Hildi Santo Tomas, Kahi Lee, Sabrina Soto, Ty Pennington, and Vern Yip. The HGTV segment includes Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, David Visentin, Hilary Farr, Karen Elaine, Mina Starsiak, Nicole Curtis, and Vanilla Ice.
The design teams compete against each other as they renovate neighboring houses. While the TLC episodes emphasize more on the relationship between the homeowner and the individual they want to surprise, the HGTV version focuses on the makeover process and the technical reasons behind design choices.
While You Were Out Plot: What is it about?
The central theme of While You Were Out revolves around a home makeover — which is planned as a surprise for an individual by his/her friend, close relative, or spouse. The latter plans the secret remodel and contacts designers from the show. During this process and when the actual renovation takes place, the former is sent away on a vacation or for any other reason — for a period of two days. In this time frame, the surprise planner invites the designers and with their help redecorates a certain room in the house. Sometimes, this may include outdoor areas, such as the garden or the backyard. The complete execution includes devising the design ideas, shopping for essentials, and then implementing the plan.
As this redecoration goes on, another crew member secretly tracks the person who has been sent away and records an interview with him/her. This tape is used to quiz the other individual who is at home, undergoing the remodel. If he/she wins it, he/she stands a chance to win a gift that will further enhance the interior decor. Toward the end of the show, the person who is being surprised returns to his/her home, and the reaction at seeing the new set-up is recorded. In turn, he/she is again quizzed in order to give the opportunity to win another prize.