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HGTV, DIY prep “Restoring America,” “Stone Age”

U.S. nets HGTV and DIY have greenlit six new series and two pilots for production, with titles including Buying Country, Stone Age, Beat the House and House Hunters: Off the Grid.
September 20, 2013

U.S. nets HGTV and DIY have greenlit six new series and two pilots for production.

On HGTV, the new series moving ahead are Ardaban’s Beat the House; Orion Entertainment’s New House, New Life; Authentic Entertainment’s Buying Country; Magnetic Productions’ Restoring America (working title); and Leopard Films’ House Hunters: Off the Grid.

The net has also ordered the pilots Texas Flip and Move (w/t), from Essential 11 and Quail Television; and A Sale of Two Cities (w/t), from World of Wonder. On DIY Network, meanwhile, Radiant Media’s Stone Age has gone into production.

Beat the House follows three real estate agents as they compete to find the best house at the best price to sway potential home buyers, while Texas Flip and Move features four teams of Texas-based real estate entrepreneurs as they compete to flip property, before picking it up and moving it to a new location.

In New House, New Life, meanwhile, city-weary couples seek out rural homes; while Buying Country explores similar rural themes. Restoring America sees a couple rescue and renovate a family’s once beautiful 1920s mansion in Detroit.

Finally, A Sale of Two Cities follows two house-hunting families as they search for homes in different cities on the same budget; while House Hunters: Off the Grid profiles potential home buyers who tour properties that are off the beaten path.

On DIY Network, Stone Age follows father and son stone experts who create yard makeovers using rock, covering everything from waterfalls and fire pits to patios and one-of-a-kind art pieces.

The networks have also ordered new seasons of Rehab Addict, Kitchen Crashers, I Hate My Kitchen, I Hate My Bath, Salvage Dawgs, Family Under Construction and Renovation Realities.

“HGTV and DIY Network produce more than 1,100 hours of home-related content – more than any other network,” said Kathleen Finch, president of HGTV and DIY Network.

“We’ve stayed ahead of the curve and kept our strongest performing series in production while green-lighting more than 25 new programs in 2013 – more than anyone else in our category.”

 UPDATE 3 p.m. EST: Quail Television and a spokesperson for HGTV both inform that Texas Flip and Move is a coproduction between Quail Television and Essential 11, and is not being produced just by Essential 11, as first reported.

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