Scripps nets reveal spring/summer slates

Scripps Networks Interactive has unveiled its spring and summer programming lineups with highlights including Travel Channel's Best Place to Be, DIY Network's Holmes Buying Homes and HGTV's Monica Potter Project.
March 30, 2016

Scripps Networks Interactive has unveiled its spring and summer programming lineups with original factual series on the way for Travel Channel, HGTV and DIY Network.

Travel Channel

The travel lifestyle brand has commissioned more than 400 original programming hours, with new programs kicking off this summer.

In June, Travel Channel will premiere adventure series Dartboard Road Trip, which shadows actor Brian Unger as he travels across the U.S. to experience the country’s roadside attractions; 7 Water Wonders, traversing the globe to uncover some of the most extravagant poolside amenities and aquatic designs; and Top Secret Swimming Holes, which ventures to off-the-grid locales to expose natural and exotic bodies of water.

The Queen Latifah-fronted series The Best Place to Be (July) will provide viewers with an exclusive look at A-list celebrity destinations and getaways, while Celebrity Adventure Club (August) is to trace actors as they explore a variety of topics including space exploration and the rebirth of Detroit.

Elsewhere, culinary travelogue Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food is slated to offer a locals-only experience by following various taxi drivers this August.

Finally, the net has slated July launches for such travel series as the tentatively titled Island Explorers, following adventurous hosts as they discover the best hidden adventures and sightseeing spots on various islands; and Life’s a Beach, which is to feature stories and tips from individuals who left their lives behind to pursue a beach lifestyle.

DIY Network

The home improvement net has slated 360 hours of original programming including the recently announced Sight Unseen, which premieres in July and features Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland.

Nashville Flipped which debuts April 13 at 10 p.m. EST/PST – follows contractor Troy Dean Shafer as he restores homes in historic Nashville communities, while Raise the Roof – slated for July – shadows builder Keith Nylund as he purchases rundown historic homes in Denver and overhauls them.

Canadian contractor Mike Holmes returns with the new series Holmes Buys Homes (premiere TBD), in which he helps potential home buyers assess properties before they make a final decision. Airing May 11 at 10 and 10:30 p.m. EST/PST, Stone House Revival stars builder Jeff Devlin as he restores centuries-old homes in Pennsylvania, while hour-long special Vanilla Ice Flip Advice (working title), in which three teams of rookie house flippers pitch their projects to ’90s pop icon Vanilla Ice, is scheduled to bow in June.

DIY Network has also greenlit Building off the Grid spin-off series Building off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch (May), which follows a Montana-based couple as they build an off-grid bison ranch. Texas Flip N Move will also receive the spin-off treatment with two new series: Louisiana Flip N Move (October) and Alaska Flip N Move (TBD), following property owners as they move homes to new lots.

Finally, the network has greenlit Maine Cabin Masters (TBD), about a group of builders renovating abandoned lakeside cabins in northern Maine; and Clint Harp Project (w/t; April), following Fixer Upper‘s Clint Harp as he showcases his furniture-building skills in a half-hour special.


The home and lifestyle network, which produces 750 hours of original programming annually, has loaded up its lineup with 17 premiere series and 14 one-hour specials.

New titles include Home Town (TBD), featuring a Mississippi couple renovating historic homes; and Vintage Flip, which bows June 2 at 11 and 11:30 p.m. EST/PST, and showcases an Orange County duo as they renovate vintage homes with updated features.

HGTV’s fantasy destination programming receives a new entry with Mountain Life (TBD), showcasing homebuyers in search of properties near mountainous ranges across the U.S.

Remaining series on HGTV’s roster include The Monica Potter Project (w/t; August), featuring the actor and her sister as they buy and restore their childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio; We Bought the Farm (April 2 at 11 and 11:30 p.m. EST/PST), highlighting families in search of spacious luxury farmhouses; four-part spin-off Flip or Flop Selling Summer (August), tracing Tarek and Christina El Moussa as they transform dated backyards into useable outdoor spaces; and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Project (TBD), which follows the two stars as they flip homes in a suburban Florida neighborhood.

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