For the network that began its life in 1994 as a safe place to land for those seeking soothing infotainment, Design Star, which debuted in 2006, was a tentative first step to introduce reality programming. Today, as part of the Discovery Inc. family, the channel is practically a star factory, minting talent as well-known for their distinctive flair — and personal dramas — as for the help they can proffer in design and renovation.
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal court has agreed to put temporary restrictions on a pricey real estate seminar business fronted by HGTV stars after the Federal Trade Commission said promises that the classes could make people rich were “misleading” and “bogus.” In its complaint Friday, the FTC said that Utah-based Zurixx LLC would hold […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suzanne Whang, whose smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV’s “House Hunters” for years, has died. She was 57. Her Tuesday death was confirmed Friday by her longtime agent, Eddie Culbertson. Whang first gained fame as the on-screen host of the show, where anxious home buyers are shown trying to […]
Veteran Discovery executive Jane Latman has been named president of HGTV, effective immediately. She replaces Allison Page, who was recently named president of Discovery’s joint venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcia, Marcia, Marcia was in the house. Six cast members of “The Brady Bunch” gathered Thursday in Los Angeles at the home that was featured in the opening and closing of the sitcom. HGTV purchased the home in the Studio City neighborhood in Los Angeles for its new series, “A Very […]
OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) — A TV personality who has appeared on home remodeling reality shows has been accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl. Christopher Dionne, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, has appeared on HGTV’s pilot of the show “Family Flip” and a yet-to-be-aired A&E show called “House Rescue” and turned himself in to police Monday […]
Renovating is never easy—just ask HGTV. When it was announced on Sept. 26 that the cable channel’s reigning darlings, Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, would be leaving the home improvement network after their upcoming fifth season, it sent shock waves through the ultra-loyal fanbase. Making the news that HGTV’s No. 1-rated show is on the way out an even bigger deal? Another tentpole series, the original Flip or Flop, is undergoing some major retooling of its own: Hosts Tarek and Christina El Moussa have opted to move ahead with their divorce — and the filming of Season 7, premiering next June.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The divorcing co-hosts of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” are returning to the show for a seventh season. HGTV announced late Monday that Tarek and Christina El Moussa will be back on the show for a 20-episode run beginning in December. Tarek El Moussa filed for divorce from Christina El Moussa in […]
The escapist appeal of looking at other people’s beautiful homes turned Home & Garden Television into the third most-watched cable network in 2016, ahead of CNN and behind only Fox News and ESPN. Riding HGTV’s reality shows, parent company Scripps Networks Interactive has seen its shares rise more than 30% this year, outperforming bigger rivals like Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Viacom.
NEW YORK (AP) — HGTV is working the buddy system. The home-and-garden network has upped the number of shows with co-hosts who are related or married to five, adding “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens,” hosted by cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, to its lineup of shows hosted by spouses, siblings and other assorted relatives. Keeping […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Two brothers shown the door by HGTV before their upcoming real estate show made it on the air say that if their Christian faith cost them a shot at TV fame, “then so be it.” David and Jason Benham said Thursday they were disappointed that HGTV pulled the plug on “Flip […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is making a furniture design competition series for the HGTV network. HGTV said Tuesday that “Ellen’s Design Challenge” is expected to air sometime next year. It will feature six competitors who sketch, design and build furniture within 24 hours, and will play out over six episodes. Landing a series […]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A co-host of the HGTV show “Curb Appeal” has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco. The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car. […]