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HGTV wants your small town
January 8th, 2020 under HGTV. [ Comments: none ]

As if taking on the Brady Bunch house was not a big enough challenge for HGTV, they want to do something even bigger. They want to renovate a whole town. That is right, a whole town.

If you think your hometown would be perfect for Ben and Erin Napier to remodel, then you can submit for it to be on Home Town Takeover. What are the requirements? You need to show and tell HGTV why your small town, with its historic architecture and classic main street, should be the one town featured in the upcoming event series. Your town must have a population of less than 40,000. If chosen, you will witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes and the revitalization of public spaces, such as parks, local diners, and recreation centers.

If this sounds like where you live, then you better hurry up and apply by February 7th.

Before we get to that deadline, Home Town is back with 16 all new episodes starting on January 20th. That will give you even more incentive to get the Napiers to makeover your town. That is if you live in a smaller town than me.


A Very Brady Renovation gets three spinoffs!
October 1st, 2019 under HGTV, The Brady Bunch. [ Comments: 2 ]

Tonight on A Very Brady Renovation, the designers finished the renovation on the Brady Bunch house and made it look like the one we knew. Since they are finished that means the series is finished too.

Not so fast. Just like The Brady Bunch was not the end of the Brady Bunch, neither is tonight’s episode. For the next two weeks, we are getting The Brady Brides of the HGTV series. As in A Very Brady Renovation: Behind the Build. We will get see even more in-depth how they turned a one-story, two-bedroom house into a two-story home with four bedrooms and a very groovy attic below.

Not only will we get to see more behind the scenes with Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), will transfix fans of the iconic television series as they work alongside HGTV’s biggest renovation star experts Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers: Forever Home), Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine (Good Bones), siblings Leanne and Steve Ford (Restored by the Fords), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Lara Spencer (Flea Market Flip). We will also get a really nice surprise. Do you know how I mentioned The Brady Brides? Well, they had husbands and Mr. Marcia Marcia Marcia aka Jerry Houser and Jan’s real-life George Glass aka Ron Kuhlman will make a special appearance on one of those two episodes.

Not only will we be getting more of the renovation, but we will also be getting The Brady Bunch Hour. No, they will not be singing and dancing again. However, they will be singing like a canary. As in during the 8-episode digital series Just Ask Brady, they will be spilling secrets as they answer fan’s questions.

Wait, there is even more. Back in 1988, The Bradys got a Christmas movie and so will this show. Coming in December we will be getting another holiday special from The Bradys.

That’s all for now. Although, there is one more series I would love to see from HGTV. Remember when Knight did Surreal Life? How about we do a Surreal Life like series with all the Brady kids living in their house. Who wouldn’t want to watch that?


Cindy Brady in bed with her three brothers!
September 17th, 2019 under HGTV, The Brady Bunch. [ Comments: none ]

Fifty years ago, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, Chistopher Knight and Mike Lookinland became brothers and sister for The Brady Bunch. Nearly five decades later they were reunited to renovate the inside of the exterior house seen of the sitcom.

A Very Brady Renovation is currently airing Monday nights at 9p on HGTV and some of the Bradys got together to watch it live. What better way to watch it then in bed. That is exactly what Bobby, Cindy, Greg and Peter did yesterday in NYC.

They might not be related by blood, but they have that special bond that only relatives have.

BTW How much are you loving the renovation show? The amount of work they did to make a soundstage exist in a real home is absolutely awesome. Each episode blows me away.


Is Lance Bass bitter he did not get the Brady Bunch house?
September 16th, 2019 under HGTV, Lance Bass, The Brady Bunch. [ Comments: none ]

Last year, the Brady Brunch house went on sale for the first time in 45 years. Several high profile people but bids in and Lance Bass was very close to owning the house. However, HGTV was the ultimate winner.

The network brought in some of their biggest stars to renovate it. They turned it into a 4-part series about making the inside look just like it did on the show. A Very Brady Renovation airs Mondays at 9p.

Before we got to see all the hard work that they did, HGTV invited the *NSYNC singer to the home to see the transformation. Is he bummed he did not have the winning bid? Nope, he is “super excited” they got it because he knows “it’s in good hands.” That and he is also happy that someone else did not buy it and tear it down. Which is a very LA thing to do.

Now that he got that out of the way, it was finally time for him to tour the dream house. The first thing he said when he opened the door was, “This is incredible. This is perfect.” Then when he got to Mike’s den, he declared, “It looks so real that it looks fake.”

As amazing as it is to see on television, it is even more incredible to see it in person. Like he said as he was checking out the groovy digs, “This is one of the happiest days of my life.” I know that feeling because that is exactly how I felt.

I am happy he is not bitter about it all. It truly was bought by the right people who did the iconic home justice.

Make sure to tune into tonight at 9p to see how they were able to recreate a sound stage in a house 50 years after someone designed it on the Paramount lot. Not only do you get to see the renovation, but the Brady kids are part of it. Who doesn’t love seeing Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen together again? I love it, but then again I love everything Brady!


A Very Brady Renovation is dream house come true!
September 9th, 2019 under HGTV, The Brady Bunch. [ Comments: none ]

On September 26, 1969, a lovely lady who was bringing up three lovely girls met a man named Brady who was busy with three boys of his own. And they knew that it was much more than a hunch. That this group must somehow form a family. That’s the way we all fell in love with The Brady Bunch. The Brady Bunch.

Fifty years later, their show is still airing seven days a week and they are loved more now than they were then. So much so, that a house they never lived in is the second most photographed one in the United States. Some white one is on top of that list.

Back in 1973, before the original sitcom ended its run, a family bought the real house in Studio City. They lived and died in it. Then in July 2018, the surviving family members decided to put the house on the market.
There was a bidding war between Lance Bass and the Property Brothers. Neither one got the iconic home. Instead, HGTV snuck in bought the house. Not only did they buy it, they decided to make the interior look like the exterior with the help of HGTV’s Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers: Forever Home), Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine (Good Bones), siblings Leanne and Steve Ford (Restored by the Fords), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Lara Spencer (Flea Market Flip).

Late last year, the designers went in along with the original Brady kids (Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen), and started renovating the house. HGTV documented how they turned the single level house into a two-story one with the iconic stairs.

Tonight at 9p, on A Very Brady Renovation, you will hear the story of the house. Then you will see them all get their hands dirty as they rework the entrance, living room and dining room. You will see it go from a place we do not know to look like the one we have known our whole lives. The teams will work on their plans, start construction and ask fans to help them find the knick-knacks that made those rooms special.

The designers worked really really really hard to recreate everything. Painstakingly so. It is interesting to hear how detailed they got to make sure it was all accurate to the show. They replicated a sound stage into a house. Normally, it is the other way around.

Even though the Bradys played a big part in the renovation, to see their faces when they enter the house after it is done is everything. You will see their shocked, in a good way, faces as they experience the entry way and the biggest room tonight for the first time. It is truly priceless.

In the coming weeks, you will watch as they move the kitchen from one part of the house to the other. Then you will get to see how they made it that infamous bright orange and dull avocado with blue paper towels. They also recreated the family room in the back, Alice’s bedroom, Mike’s office, the children’s bedroom with the Jack and Jill bathroom in the middle, their parents’ bedroom and Greg’s attic. It would not be complete without the attic that is actually in the basement. That is for another episode. The house would not be complete without Tiger’s doghouse. The one that Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland made out in back in the day and again during the filming of their series.

It is incredible to see what they did and how they did it. Last week, I went to the renovated house and wanted to cry. I felt like I was living the dream of being the 8th Brady child. You know, because Cousin Oliver is the 7th.

Anyways, my hat is off to all of the designers and the actors for bringing the Brady Bunch house to life perfectly. It is surreal what they did. It is quite amazing and I cannot wait to watch how it all came about starting tonight at 9p.

On a personal note, why the Brady Bunch house is not just a house. On my first visit to LA, my friend, Juan Fernandez, took me all over Los Angeles. The place I remember most is when we stopped by the house. He told me the first time he saw it in person, he cried. I almost did the same thing at that moment. Since then, I have been to the house over 50 times. One time, the day we found out Ann B. Davis died. However, I did not know it at the time as I walking by one a Sunshine Day. Another time when Florence Henderson passed away and I wanted to pay my respect to her. I have taken everyone I know that visits there and they all remembered it. It is a symbol of happiness because that is what the show is to all of us. When I got the invite to the event, I immediately asked my friend Juan to join. There was no one else I wanted by my side. The two of us stood in the house squeezing each other’s arms at times to be like is this really happening. Even though we did not meet each other until our early 20’s, it felt like we were two kids all over again going somewhere special. Better than Disneyland.

We are not the only ones to have that special connection with this house. So many others do and that is why I am grateful that HGTV did it right. We should all repay them by watching every episode live. Too bad Juan is on a television show of his own (KCAL9 News a 9p) at that time or we would be watching it together.


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