HGTV eyes April debut for “Excellent Flip”

U.S. net HGTV has set an April premiere for its home renovation series featuring Dancing with the Stars performers Derek Hough (pictured, left) and Mark Ballas (right).
March 25, 2015

U.S. net HGTV has set an April premiere for its previously announced home renovation series featuring Dancing With the Stars performers Derek Hough (pictured, left) and Mark Ballas (right).

Titled Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip, the four-episode series will follow the dancers and first-time house-flippers as they refurbish an outdated LA home over four weeks.

Hough is a choreographer and five-time champion on Dancing with the Stars, while Ballas is also a choreographer and singer-songwriter who has spent 14 seasons on Dancing, twice winning the show’s Mirror Ball Trophy. The performers – along with a team of experts – are to prepare the home to sell in the local real estate market.

The series - which debuts on April 28 – will follow the team’s progress as they tackle the home’s exterior and overgrown landscape, gut the master bathroom and update the bedrooms with new windows and floors.

“This is a huge financial investment for us and we are on a budget,” said Hough in a statement. “It’s a big risk – and we may not always agree on every design detail – but it’s a risk worth taking; worth putting our blood, sweat and money into to get the job done right.”

Allison Page, GM of HGTV and DIY Network, added: “Our audience loves watching celebrities take on home renovation projects. They relate to all the highs and lows they’ve experienced in their own renovations and appreciate getting to peek into another side of life for the celebs they already know and love.”

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