HGTV Preps New Series With Ellen Degeneres, Property Brothers

The expansion of HGTV’s “fantasy destination” series continued with September’s launch of “Lakefront Bargain Hunt,” and the network has its sights set on adding more shows like “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop” that start to blur the line between home improvement and reality shows as they follow real families in the renovation business.

“In 2015 we’re launching about 15 different family-focused series,” says HGTV president Kathleen Finch. Bearing in mind that a home is more than an investment, she adds, “We’ve really taken a leap with our storytelling to be more reflective of that. It’s not just about the bricks and mortar. It’s really about the life that’s lived in a home.”

The Property Brothers at Home

Premieres: Nov. 26

Logline: Want to see what “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott would do with their own home? This limited series tracks the twins as they renovate a Las Vegas home into a beautiful, but comfortable, retreat for their extended family.

Tiny House Hunters

Premieres: December

Logline: If you like “House Hunters” and the extremely small house trend, “Tiny House Hunters” is the show for you. Series follows the house hunters in search of unique, streamlined homes under 500 square feet — about the size some “House Hunters” couples look for in a master suite.

White House Christmas 2014

Premieres: December

Logline: The holiday tradition continues with HGTV’s inside look at how White House staff and a team of volunteers turn the iconic building into a winter wonderland.

Ellen’s Design Challenge

Premieres: January

Logline: Ellen DeGeneres brings her passion for great design to HGTV in this six-part competition show (and an online companion series). Contestants vying for the cash prize must design and build unique pieces of furniture — with the assistance of an expert carpenter — within 24 hours.

Building Hawaii

Premieres: January (projected)

Logline: This show blends a family business and exotic destination areas as Tyler and Deandra Dickensen launch a building company in Hawaii, starting with their own home.

Half Price Paradise

(working title)

Premieres: January (projected)

Logline: Families looking to swap stress and hefty mortgage payments for tranquility and a lower cost of living explore different locations in the U.S. or abroad to see if they could live and work in their own paradise, or if the compromises necessary to move there are worth the savings.

Island Life (pictured)

Premieres: January (projected)

Logline: If you think you can’t afford to live the island life, this house-hunting series promises to show it can be done within almost any budget as families seek to find their own corner of paradise.

Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip

Premieres: early 2015

Logline: Friends and “Dancing With the Stars” pros Mark Ballas and Derek Hough take on a new challenge in this four-part series: flipping a house. The dancers, who invested their own money and plenty of sweat equity, tackle everything from demo to design in transforming a gut job into a home with dramatic mountain views.

 

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