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Five Series Renewed at HGTV, DIY

HGTV has renewed Island Life and Island Hunters, two programs in the network's growing stable of fantasy-destination programming. (Other such shows include Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Lakefront Bargain Hunt, Caribbean Life,Vacation House for Free and Hawaii Life.)

DIY, a sister channel in the Scripps Networks Interactive stable, ordered more episodes of real-estate competition show Texas Flip and Move, adventure series Building Alaska and Garage Gold, starring junk-picker Kraig Bantle (pictured in blue t-shirt).

“We’ve achieved 11 consecutive months of ratings growth at HGTV, and DIY Network’s prime impressions are up 8% this quarter,” Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network, said in a release. “Island Life, Island Hunters, Building Alaska, Garage Gold and Texas Flip and Move are among the consistent performers on our networks, so we want to keep our programming pipeline filled with new episodes.”

Island Life follows homeowners who are ready to shed the hustle and bustle for the perfect island home. Island Hunters features families in search of their own private island, HGTV said.

DIY's Texas Flip and Move follows three teams of real-estate risk-takers buy dilapidated houses at auction and move the structures off the property that day, which can be dangerous. In Garage Gold, Kraig Bantle and his team as they clean out junk-filled spaces for free, keeping whatever valuable items he finds and wants. Building Alaska showcases the construction of off-the-grid homes, DIY said.

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