HGTV, DIY Greenlight New Originals

HGTV has greenlit five new series and two new pilots, while sister network DIY has given the go-ahead for one new original series, the networks announced Thursday.

HGTV will move ahead with new home improvement/home sales-themed shows such as Beat The House, which follows three real estate agents who look to sway potential home buyers away from their ideal house with a better deal; New House, New Life, in which city-weary couples seek out new homes surrounded by nature; Buying Country, which looks at buying country homes and lodges; Restoring America, in which a couple restores a vintage Detroit mansion; and House Hunters Off The Grid, which explores houses in unique locales, said network officials.

New pilots slated for HGTV include (working titles) Texas Flip and Move, which follows teams of buyers/flippers in the lone star state; as well as a Sale Of Two Cities, which follows two house-hunting families searching for homes in different cities on the same budget.  

On the DIY front, the network will develop Stone Age, which follows father and son stone experts who create yard makeovers using rock, said network officials. DIY has also renewed several series, including Rehab Addict;Kitchen Crashers (pictured); I Hate My Kitchen; I Hate My Bath; Salvage Dawgs; Family Under Construction; and Renovation Realities.

“HGTV and DIY Network produce more than 1,100 hours of home-related content—more than any other network,” said Kathleen Finch, president of  HGTV and DIY Network in a statement. “Our current ratings success shows that our programming and expert talent like Nicole Curtis and Alison Victoria resonate strongly with our viewers—we continue to see double digit ratings growth year over year on both networks. We’ve stayed ahead of the curve and kept our strongest performing series in production while green-lighting more than 25 new programs in 2013—more than anyone else in our category.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.