Saturday, May 18, 2013

New Additions To HGTV, Announced At The 2013 HGTV Upfronts



When HGTV wants to rebuild or add to something, it does it in a hurry. That’s why it should be no surprise that HGTV not only announced 9 new shows during their upfront presentation; they also plan on launching all of these new series before August 1st 2013. The new series will put brother against brother; create a new home improvement reality TV star, no holds bar real estate advice, and home improvements that can be done in the time it takes to go to dinner and a movie. HGTV has seen the market value of Soap Opera stars, in fact more than three shows on their network has a Soap Star as the host. These new series will join the newest HGTV breakout hits; Flea Market Flip, Hawaii Life and Island Hunters. HGTV is determined to stick to its roots giving fans exactly what they want in terms of renovations, design, and real estate. 



New Additions To The HGTV Lineup:


Restoration Series

Flip or Flop (Premieres: Tuesday, April 16, at 11 p.m)
Tarek, a self-proclaimed "driven real estate genius" partners with his wife, Christina to flip new properties in HGTV's Flip or Flop. From the nail-biting purchase at the auction to the frustrating renovations, HGTV cameras follow these novice flippers as they try their hand at the toughest game in town. Viewers also get a glimpse into their personal lives as they put everything into this venture, including the sanity of their family.

Catastrophe, Inc. (Premieres: July TBD)
When disaster strikes, it's the first responders who save the day -- but the unsung heroes of every catastrophe are the guys who clean it up. In each episode of Catastrophe, Inc., a crew of disaster specialists rescue homes damaged by every type of devastation, including wildfires, hurricane-force winds, floods and fallen trees. From simple debris removal to full demolition, the team is there every step of the way to help families clean up, rebuild and redecorate their homes.


Real Estate and/or Renovation Series

Renovation Raiders (Premieres: Thursday, May 30, at 9 p.m.)
Imagine leaving the house, going to dinner and coming back to a brand new space in your home. DIY Network's Amy Matthews debuts on HGTV as the host of her newest series, Renovation Raiders. Each week, licensed contractor Matthews raids homeowners' houses while they're out to dinner and pulls off a major remodel in less than four hours. From lavish living rooms to gorgeous kitchens, the families are blown away when they come home and find their spaces transformed.

Renovate to Rent (Premieres: Tuesday, June 11, at 11 p.m.)
Real estate agent Drew Levin and his partner, licensed contractor Danny Perkins, have figured out how to make money in today's housing market. In each episode, Drew and Danny buy old foreclosed homes, completely renovate them and rent the property for top dollar. These guys may be young, but when it's time to sell the rental properties, they'll be cashing out.

Renovation Unscripted (Premieres: June TBD)
Emmy award-winning actress and soap opera star Heather Tom, and her musician husband James, are both drawn to renovation and design. Whether it's a diamond in the rough or a grand design plan with a small budget, these two can't say no. Throughout the series, Heather and James bring their extensive renovation and design expertise to the table to create unique spaces all over Los Angeles. When all the unexpected problems are resolved and the projects are complete, the spaces are true award winners.

Staged to Perfection (Premieres: Saturday, June 1, at 5 p.m.)
In Staged to Perfection, Los Angeles-based designer Meridith Baer, owner of the largest home-staging company in the world, and her team of 18 designers stage luxury properties that have stalled on the market. With her exquisite style, a 90,000 square-foot warehouse filled with decorative pieces ranging from priceless antiques to flea market finds and five moving crews, Meridith transforms each client's empty home to look its absolute best in hopes it will sell at top market value.

Power Broker (Premieres: Tuesday, July 23, at 9 p.m.)
Real estate expert Mike Aubrey and general contractor Juan Barbieri help homeowners get their new home at a dream price in HGTV's Power Broker. In each episode, Mike tours several fixer-uppers, foreclosures and short-sales with his clients and shows them the best buying strategies to get a great deal, while Juan develops a unique floor plan and design for the newly purchased home with a limited budget. With the money saved by purchasing a place that needs some work, the new homeowners can turn their fixer-upper into a dream home.

Competition Series

HGTV Star (Premieres: Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m)
HGTV Star offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an undiscovered virtuoso to win his or her own show on HGTV. Each week host and mentor David Bromstad oversees the competitors as they participate in unexpected creative challenges to showcase their talents. One by one, the finalists are voted out of the competition by a panel of expert judges -- Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder and Sabrina Soto -- until one winner stands victorious. The winner and their new series will be featured in the November/December issue of HGTV Magazine.

Brother vs. Brother (Premieres Sunday, July 21, at 10 p.m)
Property Brothers stars, twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, battle it out on HGTV's newest competition series, Brother vs. Brother. In this six-episode series, Jonathan and Drew each mentor a team of six home improvement experts. Each week, the contestants, who are skilled home renovators and decorators, compete in various challenges to find out if they've succeeded in upping the real estate value of the property. Along the way, Drew and Jonathan coach each contestant, but only one will be recognized as the most promising home improvement expert and win the $50,000 grand prize.


Breezy's Recap...
There is something about looking at other people's homes, and imagining what your will be like someday that almost everyone can relate to. I do not watch HGTV all the time, but I love learning new tricks to make something old look new, or to give something a new flair. Me and My cousin can tell you everything to look for design wise in our future homes, because we have watched episode after episode of HGTV series telling us what that is. The new shows set to premiere this summer look wonderful, and they are that perfect combination of surprise and home design/renovation that I think the hard cor HGTV fans will love to watch. I am excited to watch flip or flop since, I have always wanted to flip houses as a side job. How about you, what will you be watching? Anything on HGTV that appeals to you? Would you like a review of something? Let me know in the comments!

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