The go-to network for home improvement just unveiled a slate of 17 new series set to premiere throughout the remainder of 2010. The highlights of DIY Network’s slate include the addition of three new female experts to the network’s roster of talent, lots of family time, and a renovation series with unlikely host Vanilla Ice.
The female experts star as hosts that deal with budgets, bad renovations and online voting. The budget-conscious Money Hunters, is a 13×30-minute series co-hosted by experts Matt Blashaw and Deanne Bell, premiering on May 1. In the series, the hosts help homeowners get the biggest bang for their buck with a renovation. Helming Rescue Renovation is Kayleen McCabe, licensed contractor and the winner of DIY’s talent search. The 13-part half-hour series will debut in June and focuses on McCabe (dubbed the Stud Finder) giving homeowners a 48-hour action plan to turn a bad reno into a great finished project. Carpenter Joanie Dodds will be introduced to DIY audiences in Run My Renovation, co-hosted by John DeSilvia. In the series, online users vote on design elements that become part of the renovation.
DIY Network gets into the family business, with series hosted by cousins and siblings, and one docusoap focusing on the family. Masonry is the topic of Rock Solid: Top 10, a five-part series starting on June 11. Hosted by cousins and stonemasons, Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns, the duo count down the 10 best ways to make a masonry masterpiece. Brother and sister duo, Jonathan O’Leary and Nicole O’Leary, host I Hate Your House. The five-part series confronts homeowners whose houses are considered eyesores, and redesigns and refurbishes their abodes. Last up is Family Renovation, a 13-episode docu-soap, premiering on July 15. The series focuses on the drama of a family of seven who decided to do a top-to-bottom renovation while still living in the house.
A surprise in the DIY lineup is Vanilla Ice Project(w/t), a 10×30-minute series that sees Rob Van Winkle, aka 90s rapper Vanilla Ice, and a crew of contractors renovate rooms in a 7,000 square foot Palm Beach mansion. Van Winkle apparently brings more than 15 years of home improvement experience to the project.
DIY will also debut a new magazine-style series which marries This Old House with the ideals of do-it-yourself. This New House, a 13×30-minute series, unites frequent DIY-series host Amy Matthews and This Old House‘s carpenter Kevin O’Connor as they bring viewers inside homes with innovative building materials, techniques and gadgets. Matthews and O’Connor also show homeowners how to do it themselves.
Other new titles on the slate include Bath Crashers, an ambush reno series in the same vein as House Crashers and Yard Crashers; competition series DIY Dominator; I Hate My Kitchen; Renovation Virgins(w/t) and compilation series DIY Punch List and 10 Killer Kitchen Projects.
Returning series include Garage Mahal, which returns for season two with new host, former NFL player, pro wrestler and car buff Bill Goldberg; season four of Renovation Realities; a seventh season of Sweat Equity; third season of 10 Grand In Your Hand; seventh season of Desperate Landscapes; fourth season of Blog Cabin and a sixth season of Man Caves.