Ahead of Discovery, Inc.-owned HGTV’s premiere of Music City Fix on June 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, realscreen presents an exclusive clip of the upcoming home reno and real estate show.
Produced by Toronto-based Rhino Content, Music City Fix follows Kortney and Dave Wilson of HGTV’s home reno show Masters of Flip (also produced by Rhino Content) as they spruce up rundown homes in Nashville’s hottest neighbourhoods. The 10-episode inaugural season features the couple managing tight timelines and budgets in order to transform disastrous properties into beautiful dream homes.
In the series premiere of Music City Fix, Dave and Kortney snap up a crumbling craftsman bungalow in the East Nashville area. Kortney incorporates many of the home’s original features into the new design plans in order to capitalize on its historic character. However, when unsalvageable original hardwood floors compromise their already inflated budget, the couple takes a risk with the listing price in hopes of recovering their profit margin.
Realscreen caught up with John Feld, SVP of programming for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, ahead of the series premiere to learn more about the program.
Music City Fix premieres June 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
How does this show differ from Dave and Kortney’s Masters of Flip?
We first cast Kortney and Dave Wilson on the series Masters of Flip, which was a one-hour flipping show based in Nashville. We’ve taken the strengths of that series and created a half-hour format that completely focuses on their great design and strong renovation skills in a tough market.
Why do you think there is an appetite for this type of series?
Even if you’re not interested in flipping per se, our viewers get a tremendous amount of solid information about the appreciation of a home’s value – what it takes to get the most out of your home when it comes time to sell. Some renovation investments are more valuable than others when it comes to this, and all of our flipping shows illustrate this aspect quite thoroughly.
What makes Music City Fix stand out from all home reno shows?
Talent and execution. If this show succeeds, it’s because Kortney and Dave resonate – the viewers trust their renovation plans, are excited about their design, and are eager to see the finished product.
What type of production challenges did you encounter?
I don’t believe there’s ever been a television show dealing with budgets, permits, inspections, and contractors that hasn’t faced production challenges. This one is no different. One of the elements we’ve started to introduce to these shows over the last couple of years is more of this harsh reality and what it really takes to get from ‘gritty to pretty’. It’s not sexy, but it’s real, and I think the viewer appreciates that.
What did you learn during the production of this project that you think would be valuable to other professionals in the industry?
If you’re going to pitch a project about people renovating homes, make sure you’re finding and presenting us with the best in the business. We feel we’ve found that in Dave and Kortney. Also, be prepared to take on the role of a construction supervisor. You need to learn as much about home remodeling as you do about setting up a camera and monitor. And, at the end of the day, no matter the genre, you’re still a storyteller.
What’s your favorite moment (or scene) from the series?
What makes this series work is that Kortney is a ‘dreamer’ and Dave is a ‘doer’. It’s a combination that’s vital to the success of the show. I enjoy any moment where these two attributes clash – Kortney’s free-spirited renovation plan meets Dave’s more practical budget and timeline. There are a lot of these moments – it usually works out in the end, and that’s what makes them such a good team.