Discovery-owned networks TLC and HGTV have slated a March premiere date for the reboot of TLC’s home design series While You Were Out.
The re-launch of the series marks TLC’s first co-pro with HGTV. The revamp of the classic design show was first announced last October as Discovery executives revealed they were looking to foster cross-network programming following Discovery’s March 2018 acquisition of Scripps Network Interactive for US$14.6 billion. With the acquisition, HGTV and a slew of other channels were added to Discovery’s portfolio of networks.
Produced by Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, While You Were Out features a cast of designers from both TLC and HGTV. Armed with a US$10,000 budget per room, each set of designers and carpenters set out to design one room in neighboring homes after the property owner sends their better half on a weekend getaway. The surprise reveal culminates upon their return home. Television personality, model and activist Ananda Lewis (pictured) will host the series.
Cast members from TLC include Carter Oosterhouse, Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Hildi Santo Tomas, Kahi Lee, Sabrina Soto, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. Meanwhile, HGTV cast members are Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, David Visentin, Hilary Farr, Karen E. Laine, Mina Starsiak, Nicole Curtis and Vanilla Ice, and carpenters Eric Griffin and Jordan Thompson.
While You Were Out bows March 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT simultaneously on both TLC and HGTV.