HGTV said it has greenlighted four new shows in the theme of buying "the worst home on the best block" and then restoring and potentially re-selling it, a theme that has been successful at the Scripps Networks outlet (see " 'Flip Or Flop' Notches Series High"). They are likely to make their debut this summer, the network said, with scheduling yet to be determined.
In Flipping Virgins (a working title), property expert Egypt Sherrod (pictured) advises first-time flippers the ultimate tutorial in the risky world of flipping houses.
Old Home Love (w.t.) showcases Utah couple Andy and Candis Meredith as they renovate dilapidated houses from the 1800s and restore them to their original beauty.
Shalina Joy, a New Jersey teacher and single mom of two, takes on her biggest summer vacation project ever: transforming a run-down 1900s mansion into a sunny, functional home for her family in Restoring Victoria, also a working title.
And Flipping Moms gives popular authors and mom bloggers Jen Pate and Barb Machen center stage as they try to balance busy family lives with buying, renovating and selling fixer uppers.
“Viewers are very interested in renovation and flipping when it leads to the outcome that every community wants -- restored, well-maintained homes,” Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network, said in a release. “HGTV has had tremendous success with series like Rehab Addict and Fixer Upper which showcase real people who have a passion for renovating older properties to enhance their value to the overall community.”
HGTV had a solid 2014, a down year for most cable programmers, with primetime ratings growing 4%. Top viewed series were Property Brothers, Property Brothers at Home, Flipping the Block and Tiny House Hunters, per the network.