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TLC designs new reality

Amy Winter greenlights 'House'

In one of her first programming moves since being upped to g.m. at TLC a few weeks ago, Amy Winter has given a greenlight to “Mad About the House.”

The skein, from Pilgrim Films and Television, gives couples $25,000 to renovate three rooms in their home. The woman must move out while the man makes the designing decisions; at the same time, the woman works with a designer to create her dream space in a replicate room. Afterward, both rooms are revealed and the couple determines if their design styles are similar.

The cabler has order six hourlong episodes. Production is underway on the skein, exec produced by Craig Piligian and Laurie Girion. Show is skedded for a May debut.

Home design skein “Trading Spaces” was one of TLC’s hits from the past decade, though recently the cabler has gone heavily into the food, family and wedding arena.

“We’ve always been interested in it, but we had to find the right project to fit our filter and one that feels right,” Winter told Variety. “This combines what we did well with ‘Trading Spaces’ … but it also takes relationships and puts them at the forefront of the show.”

The net is set to launch a series of five specials through March that could act as backdoor pilots and become series if there’s a strong ratings grab. Topics include pregnant women in prison, dwarfism and taxidermy.

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