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Upfronts ’13: HGTV, DIY build celeb vehicles

Upcoming series from HGTV and DIY Networks will bring back such star talent as Bronson Pinchot (pictured) and Vanilla Ice, and also bring Rev. Run, Daryl Hall and Heather Tom to the fold.
April 24, 2013

HGTV and DIY Network’s upcoming schedules will emphasize talent and celeb-driven home renovation series during their respective 2013-2014 seasons.

Programs such as Vanilla Ice Goes Amish and Bronson Pinchot Saves America, as well as “voyeuristic programs with a fantasy lifestyle spin,” are among the combined 27 new series, 50 returning series and upwards of 50 specials the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned cable nets have greenlit for the year ahead.

“Our new series showcase star talent and help viewers create their most personal place by turning their ‘house’ into a ‘home,’” said Scripps Networks Interactive president Burton Jablin in a statement. “New celebrity-driven vehicles and ‘hybrid hour’ programs highlight the three things our viewers love the most – real estate, renovate and decorate.”

Celebrity-centric reality programs on DIY’s slate┬áinclude Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, which follows the rapper as he studies Amish construction techniques; The Rev. Run Project, which follows Run DMC rapper Rev. Run (a.k.a. Joseph Ward Simmons) as he and his family renovate their 9,000-square foot home; The Daryl Hall Project, in which the Hall & Oates star renovates a historic, 1700s Connecticut home; and Bronson Pinchot Saves America, a spin-off of The Bronson Pinchot Project that follows the Perfect Strangers actor/salvage expert (pictured) as he travels the U.S. rescuing artifacts from demolition.

On HGTV, The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Heather Tom and her musician husband James Achor will star in Renovation Unscripted, and home staging company owner Meridith Baer will bring her decorating prowess to the series Staged to Perfection.

Other additions to HGTV’s schedule include the previously announced Brother vs. Brother, a competition series that pits Property Brothers hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott against each other in a series of home improvement challenges; Undercover Overhaul, in which Cousins on Call stars Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri undertake surprise neighborhood reno jobs; Renovation Raiders, a series in which contractor Amy Matthews undertakes stealthy reno jobs while homeowners are out to dinner; and Power Broker, in which real estate agent Mike Aubrey and contractor Juan Barbieri (The Bachelorette) attempt to build their clients a dream home on money-saving budgets.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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