FYI preps “Outback Nation” for April

The U.S. cable network will premiere Outback Nation, a backyard makeover series starring landscape designer Jamie Durie (pictured), on April 13.
March 17, 2015

A+E Networks-owned cable network FYI will premiere the backyard makeover series Outback Nation (pictured) in April.

Produced for FYI by 3 Ball Entertainment, the series follows horticulturalist and landscape designer Jamie Durie as he helps different families revamp their outdoor spaces. He and the families begin by camping out in their respective yards and then each family member is assigned a project while the host comes up with a surprise secret design.

“Tapping into the trend of turning backyard spaces into outside living rooms – each family’s outdoor space will go through complete overhauls, from gutting shrubbery to pouring cement for a new patio,” the network said in a statement. “Viewers will learn renovation tips and design elements that could be incorporated into their own outdoor spaces.”

Durie is a seasoned TV personality in his native Australia. He has also previously hosted The Outdoor Room for U.S. cable net HGTV and the PBS series The Victory Garden, and was a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

3 Ball’s JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic, DJ Nurre and Jamie Durie are exec producing alongside FYI’s Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh. Steve Berkowitz serves as co-executive producer.

Outback Nation will premiere on April 13 at 10 p.m. EST.

FYI will also begin airing Arranged, a docuseries about arranged marriages, on April 14.

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