‘This is just the beginning’: HGTV orders raft of new series, pilots for 2021

HGTV has given the greenlight to 16 series and pilots set to air in 2021 as the Discovery-owned network accelerates its content pipeline. “We’ve locked in a solid lineup of creative, innovative ...
October 19, 2020

HGTV has given the greenlight to 16 series and pilots set to air in 2021 as the Discovery-owned network accelerates its content pipeline.

“We’ve locked in a solid lineup of creative, innovative and entertaining programming to inspire people who want to reimagine their homes,” Jane Latman (pictured), president of HGTV, said in a statement. “This is just the beginning. We’re taking scores of pitch meetings, reviewing hundreds of concept reels, talent sizzles and social media sites — looking for imaginative real estate, renovation and design experts who are pushing the envelope with their distinct points of view.”

Home Again with the Fords will star sister-brother duo and home renovation experts Leanne and Steve Ford as they help clients transform their childhood homes. The series is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Mary Beth Anderson serving as EP.

Lara Spencer, Good Morning America contributor and the creator, EP and host of competition series Flea Market Flip, will star in Everything but the House (w/t), also produced by High Noon Entertainment. Each episode will see Spencer and her team of appraisers help families declutter their homes to find and auction off items of value. Sue Seide is EP.

Outgrown, meanwhile, will follow business partners Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson as they renovate homes for growing families in Boise, Idaho. The series is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Sarah Presta, Scott Feeley and Matt Walker serving as EPs.

Houston-based husband-wife team Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin will help clients sell their house for top dollar and use the profit to purchase and overhaul a new property in Texas Two Step, produced by Red Arrow Industries. Danny Downing, Ryan Hardison and Jaime Paxton Morey are EPs.

HGTV also has numerous development deals in play, with three pilots on its slate.

Divide and Design (w/t) from Pie Town Productions will star sisters Courtney Robinson and Leslie Antonoff as they help homeowners identify and transform “struggle spaces” on a budget, while Fresh Starter (w/t) will spotlight design duo and real-life couple Austin Coleman and Raisa Kuddus as they help create custom renovations for their young clients.

Jennifer Davidson, Tara Sandler and Catherine Meyers serve as executive producers for Divide and Design (w/t); and Fresh Starter (w/t) is produced by Committee Films with Andy Awes, Maria Awes and David DeAngelis executive producing.

Also scheduled for 2021, Cabin Crew (w/t) — produced by Blast! Films with Jude Parker as EP — will see husband-wife team Ben and Loana Sargent transform cottages and cabins in Vermont.

Elsewhere, the network promises new spins on house hunting with three new series.

Self-Made Mansions (w/t) — produced by Discovery Studios — stars entrepreneur Clinton Kelly, who will lend his passion for real estate and design to help self-made millionaires find their home. Suzanne RauscherBob Schermerhorn and Chaney Moon are EPs.

British interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will helm My Lottery Dream Home International, produced by Beyond with Paula Campion executive producing. Each episode will see Llewelyn-Bowen help lottery winners find and buy a property in the UK and Europe.

40-Year-Old Property Virgin (w/t), meanwhile, will follow adult children who still live with their parents as they venture out on their first house hunting expedition. The series is produced by Buck Productions; Sean Buckley is EP.

Also within its slate, HGTV has filed a few commissions under the “emotional real estate” banner.

The network’s latest self-shot series, Life Under Renovation, will follow five families from across the country as they build their dream homes; while Unfinished Business (w/t) will follow builder Tom Reber as he helps deserving families complete their abandoned projects.

Life Under Renovation is produced by Ample Entertainment with Ari Mark, Phil Lott and Matt Blaine executive producing; while Unfinished Business (w/t) is produced by eOne with Tara Long, Madison Merritt and Mark Herwick as EPs.

Other titles slated include Inside Out, starring renovation duo Carmine Sabatella, an interior designer, and Mike Pyle, a landscape designer; and Save This House (w/t), which follows history buff Mike Lemieux, carpenter Rich Soares and designer Jen Macdonald as they save centuries-old properties from demolition.

Inside Out is produced by House8 Media, with Nate Harrington and Steve Joachim serving as EPs; while Save This House (w/t) is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Reese Van Allen executive producing.

Finally, docu-design series headed to HGTV include Breaking Bland, a Charelston, South Carolina-based series fronted by designer Mary Welch Stasik; and One Week to Sell (w/t), which follows Taylor Spellman as she transforms unsold homes into red hot properties.

Breaking Bland is produced by Rivr Media with Dee Haslam, Lori Golden Stryer, Gino Tomac and Angie Jedlicka executive producing; while One Week to Sell (w/t) is produced by Left/Right productions with Anneka JonesDean Slotar, Pete Ross, Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serving as EPs.

Production company information for each project was not provided by press time.

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