NBC and interior designer Nate Berkus are teaming up for a home makeover competition show, Renovation Nation, which will highlight the most accomplished designers and home renovators in the U.S.
The 10-episode series is produced by Universal Television, and sees Berkus serve as both host and executive producer. In the series, he will take on mentor and judge roles, as two teams compete on design and build challenges on a range of home styles and spaces.
Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment, said: “We believe we are in a time where Americans want to feel empowered and inspired to make changes to their homes; changes that will not only increase their value and quality of life but at the same time – not break the bank.
“Our goal is to showcase incredibly diverse architecture, impeccable design and epic transformations unlike anything you’ve seen before.”
In each episode, Berkus and his team of experts will evaluate the contestants’ work, with the winning team safe from elimination, while the losing team has to choose a team member to send home. The series will wrap with a live finale where two final contestants are challenged to do an entire home rebuild and design by themselves.
Viewers will vote for the winner and are also able to tour the homes virtually and buy items featured in each episode. Weekly prizes will also be given away to viewers, while the homes in the finale will be given away to two viewers at the end of the finale. Craig Plestis (Minute To Win It) and Tom Shelly (Love in the Wild, Survivor) serve as additional exec producers.
Berkus said: “The challenges we have created are so visual, layered and unique – that even I have to admit I’m jealous I’m not competing.”