MULTIPLE FRESHMAN SERIES AND RETURNING HITS FUEL THE HGTV 2016 PROGRAMMING JUGGERNAUT
Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Monica Potter Among Celebs to Tackle Home Renovations
NEW YORK [For Immediate Release - March 29, 2016] Top 10 ranked cable network HGTV, which shattered a succession of ratings records - including three consecutive "best year ever" performances and is on pace to deliver its best first quarter ever - is loading its 2016 programming lineup with 17 premiere series, fresh episodes of 24 popular titles and 14 one-hour specials.
Many of the upcoming and returning series on HGTV, which produces an impressive 750 hours of original programming each year, feature new celebrity talent, including actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade; NBC-TV's Parenthood actress Monica Potter (The Monica Potter Project w.t.) and established stars, such as Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper); Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott (Brother vs. Brother); and married house flippers Tarek and Christina El Moussa (Flip or Flop Selling Summer).
HGTV's roster showcases hugely popular home and lifestyle themes, such as families tackling major home renovations; the buying/selling of homes; flipping properties to improve neighborhoods and rebuild communities; fantasy destination programming; and renovation/design competitions.
"For three consecutive years, HGTV has delivered consistent ratings growth among P25-54 and kept a solid hold as the #1 network among upscale W25-54," said Allison Page, general manager, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. "HGTV's programming is successful because our experts are passionate about real estate, home renovation and restoration. They would do this work whether or not cameras were there."
Programming with experts who help families maximize the value of their home continue to do well, so HGTV just premiered Listed Sisters, starring Nashville-based real estate and home design business partners Alana and Lex LeBlanc. The series follows the LeBlanc sisters as they help families sell the homes they've outgrown, search for a new place and buy their dream home. Good Bones follows the mother/daughter home renovation and flipping duo Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak as they buy Indianapolis homes in serious disrepair - sometimes gutting them to the studs - and transform them into stunning remodels.
Other new titles include Home Town, a series that stars a couple in Laurel, Miss. who renovate historic houses; Masters of Flip, with married home renovators and flippers, Kortney and Dave Wilson, who breathe new life into rundown Nashville homes and Vintage Flip, which showcases Orange County, Calif.'s Jessie and Tina Rodriguez as they renovate vintage homes to include updated features.
With returning hits serving as the cornerstone of HGTV's programming strategy, the network triggered a new season of the hit competition series Brother vs. Brother, starring red-hot twins, the Scott brothers. And, after another successful season of Property Brothers at Home, it has commissioned another installment of that series for a year-end premiere. Also hitting the air are new seasons of top performers: Fixer Upper (Chip and Joanna Gaines); Property Brothers; Flip or Flop (Tarek and Christina El Moussa); Love It or List It(Hilary Farr and David Visentin) and America's Most Desperate Kitchens (John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino).
HGTV's highly successful fantasy destination programming gets a new entry with Mountain Life. The series features homebuyers who want to buy a dream home in the mountains. HGTV also plans premiere episodes for other fantasy favorites, including: Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Lakefront Bargain Hunt, Caribbean Life, Island Hunters, Living Big Sky, Island Life, Hawaii Life, along with nearly 450 episodes in its hit House Hunters franchise.
"HGTV is thriving because we have an established cadre of compelling star experts, as well as an influx of new talent who resonate with our audience," said Page. "Our content and scheduling strategy is solid, we have a powerful development pipeline, and we've grown our ratings across the board - particularly with upscale audiences - for several years. We've already started off 2016 with record breaking numbers and we will be going strong all year."
HGTV spring/summer 2016 programming highlights:
Airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Sisters Alana and Lex LeBlanc, a real estate and home design duo in Nashville, star in HGTV's new home renovation series Listed Sisters. Each episode showcases Alana and Lex as they help their clients transform homes they've outgrown into hot properties that can fetch top dollar. Using Alana's sharp property skills and Lex's creative style, the LeBlanc sisters help families search for and purchase their dream home.
Airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Mother/daughter home renovation and flipping duo Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak star in the new HGTV series Good Bones. Daughter Mina, a real estate agent, and mom Karen, a former lawyer, own an Indianapolis-based home renovation business with a mission to revitalize their favorite neighborhoods one house at a time. The 10-episode series follows the expert team as they buy homes in serious disrepair, sometimes gut them to the studs and transform them into stunning remodels.
Masters of Flip
Airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Husband and wife team, Kortney and Dave Wilson, breathe new life into dilapidated homes in Nashville. In each episode, they search for the perfect property and venture to sell it for top profit. With limited timelines and even tighter budgets, these flippers take on the challenge of transforming each real estate disaster into a stunning family dream home.
We Bought the Farm
Premieres Saturday, April 2, at 11 and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT
Families wishing for wide open spaces head to the great outdoors to search for the luxury farmhouse of their dreams.
Premieres Thursday, June 2, at 11 and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT
Jessie and Tina Rodriguez are living the American dream in Orange County, Calif., taking their passion for vintage homes and turning them into successful flips. In each episode, this creative couple will find, buy, restore and market a vintage home.
Brother vs. Brother
Season Premiere Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Jonathan and Drew Scott are going head-to-head in Las Vegas to see who can buy, renovate and sell a fixer-upper home for the highest profit with all of the proceeds going back to the community. Each week, Jonathan and Drew's renovation results are judged by popular HGTV and DIY Network stars, including Vanilla Ice (Vanilla Ice Project), cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri (America's Most Desperate Kitchens), Alana and Lex LeBlanc (Listed Sisters), Egypt Sherrod (Property Virgins), David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) and Tiffany Brooks (HGTV Dream Home).
The Monica Potter Project (w.t.)
Premieres in August
The Monica Potter Project (w.t.) stars actress Monica Potter as she joins her sisters back home in Cleveland, Ohio to buy and restore their childhood home. Together the sisters and their feisty mom tackle a massive renovation of the house, which has remained virtually unchanged for three decades. Throughout the series, Monica and her family revisit old mementos and moments of forgotten history - and uncover more than they expected by coming home.
Flip or Flop Selling Summer
Premieres: August TBD
Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa will be featured in a special spin-off series, Flip or Flop Selling Summer. The new four-episode series stars the El Moussas as they transform tired backyards into gorgeous spaces with fun features, including revamped swimming pools, cool waterslides and relaxing swim-up bars. The couple also overhaul their own backyard and pool into a stunning oasis.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Project
Premiere is TBD
Actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade are beginning a passion project - flipping homes. Follow along as they renovate, revitalize and resell a home in a suburban Florida neighborhood.
Erin and Ben Napier love their small hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, especially the old historic houses. Using found materials and old textiles, they're keeping the character of these classic homes, while giving them modern and affordable updates. From Erin's imaginative hand sketches to Ben's custom handiwork, this couple is bringing Laurel's homes back to life and making sure their small town's future is as bright as its past.
From the wooded peaks of the East Coast's Blue Ridge to Hawaii's tropical Mauna Loa, the mountains are the ultimate retreat for people who want to get away from it all. The gorgeous views and fresh air draw homeowners to these remote locations. In each episode, HGTV follows families as they search for their perfect mountaintop retreat.
America's leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and HGTV.com, the premier source for home-related inspiration, instruction and entertainment, attracts more than six million people each month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME(TM) consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to www.hgtvhome.com. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).