HGTV, DIY sign on for kitchen makeovers, fantasy lifestyles

U.S. nets HGTV and DIY have signed on for a host of renovation- and fantasy lifestyle-focused series such as Log Cabin Living and America's Most Desperate Kitchens. (Pictured, L-R: Kitchens hosts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri)
October 21, 2014

U.S. nets HGTV and DIY have signed on for a host of renovation- and fantasy home-focused series, including The Treehouse Guys and America’s Most Desperate Kitchens.

In HGTV’s America’s Most Desperate Kitchens (Big Table Media), network hosts and real-life cousins John Colaneri (pictured, right) and Anthony Carrino (left) choose a homeowner from video submissions and make-over their kitchen.

Meanwhile, Log Cabin Living (Warm Springs Productions) will follows couples leaving city living for the country, while Shalina Joy Project (working title; Departure Films) sees a New Jersey teacher transform a 19th-century Victorian mansion into her dream home.

Finally, in Real Estate Riches (w/t; Loud TV), real estate investor Daniel Wiafe and his wife buy, renovate and flip dilapidated homes.

Elsewhere, DIY has signed on for The Treehouse Guys (Orion Multimedia), which sees the construction of elaborate treetop structures around the U.S., as well as Miami Rehab (Departure Films) – in which renovation expert Carolina Sullivan restores and sells properties – and First Time Flippers (Boy Wonder Productions), which follows novice house flippers taking on their first projects.

“We’re hyper-focused on developing and producing series that give viewers fresh perspectives on popular home themes,” said Allison Page, GM of HGTV and DIY Network, in a statement.

“Audiences will enjoy the voyeuristic experience that comes from our newer fantasy lifestyle series like Log Cabin Living and The Treehouse Guys, but they’ll also find plenty of motivation to create their own perfect spaces when they watch renovation pros, like the cousins, in action,” she added. “And, in the next few months, we’re adding two new faces – Carolina Sullivan and Shalina Joy – to our cadre of house-flipping and renovation experts, so there’ll be even more inspiration for our fans.”

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