NEW YORK --For Immediate Release—April 1, 2014--From celebrities tackling home remodels to regular folks renovating their homes, DIY Network will premiere seven new series that focus on the realities of home improvement.
The network’s latest addition to its “celebrity home rehab” franchise, The Shatner Project, premieres in October and will follow the home renovation of actor William Shatner, instantly recognizable to television fans as the original Star Trek captain, James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise; Sergeant T.J. Hooker of T.J. Hooker and Attorney Denny Crane of Boston Legal.
In May, the highly anticipated series, Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall will premiere, starring singer/songwriter Daryl Hall from the musical duo Hall & Oates as he revives the historic charm of an 18th century Connecticut home. In addition, popular licensed contractor Jason Cameron will help homeowners smash their way to gorgeous new spaces by wrecking and remodeling their worst rooms in the new series, Sledgehammer.
“DIY Network offers an authentic look at the realities of dealing with any home improvement project,” said Steven Lerner, senior vice president of programming development, HGTV and DIY Network. “When fans see Daryl Hall chasing his passion for historical rehab or William Shatner remodeling his outdated LA pad, they’re getting a glimpse of a real renovation – and they’re seeing that no matter who you are, the challenges that come with tackling a home remodel are universal.”
Additional new DIY Network series will include First Time Flippers featuring overzealous property virgins who put their do-it-yourself real estate skills to the ultimate test and Stone Age which follows father and son duo, Steve and Nick Rhule, as they build amazing custom outdoor designs, including waterfalls, patios and fire pits, one rock at a time. Family Under Construction: Hawaii will follow along as a family of five lives through a whole home renovation in Hawaii; and Disaster Decks will feature designer/carpenter Paul LaFrance as he rescues homeowners from their outdoor renovation woes.
Here is a closer look at DIY Network’s upcoming lineup:
Celebrity Home Rehab
Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall
Premieres: Saturday, May 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Host: Daryl Hall
Rocker turned-renovator Daryl Hall, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of the American musical duo Hall & Oates, is putting down his guitar and picking up a hammer to restore a quaint 18th century home in Sherman, Conn. The historic home hasn’t been touched in decades—so Hall and his team of craftsmen have plenty of work to do before the one-bedroom home can shine again with 1780s charm.
The Shatner Project
Host: William Shatner
TV icon William Shatner is taking on the role of his life as project manager of his own home remodel. His dated ‘70s home that he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, will undergo massive makeovers for the kitchen, living room and dining room areas. The couple also will renovate the front patio area in order to create the perfect place for big family parties. From design to demolition, rebuilding to decorating, Shatner will boldly enter the world of home renovation with DIY Network.
Premieres: Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. ET/PT
Host: Paul LaFrance
Designer and carpenter Paul LaFrance is ready to help do-it-yourselfers fix their outdoor catastrophes one deck a time. Paul and his crew save the day when well-intentioned homeowners try to revamp their outdoor spaces, often without proper skills and know-how. From demolition to design, LaFrance provides the tools weekend warriors need to succeed as he helps them restore their outdoor spaces and their pride.
Premieres: Tuesday, May 13, at 11 p.m. ET/PT
Hosts: Steve and Nick Rhule
Steve Rhule and his son Nick are the experts when it comes to stone. From waterfalls to fire pits and patios, they'll turn a pile of rocks into a work of art. But when you're father and son, working together to create the ultimate yard makeover can sometimes be a very rocky road.
Family Under Construction: Hawaii
Premieres: Saturday, July 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Hosts: Alan and Jenny Wolensky
Alan and Jenny Wolensky left behind the bustle of city living to raise their three children in the mellow island lifestyle of Hawaii. However, this family of five is crammed into a 40-year-old two-bedroom home that is falling apart at the seams. Together they will live in the rundown Hawaiian home a total renovation, while sharing just one room.
Premieres: Wednesday, August 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Host: Jason Cameron
Jason Cameron surprises unsuspecting homeowners with a sledgehammer and permission to demo the most hated rooms in their house in 30 minutes so they can get them renovated. The catch is that the homeowners have to completely demo one room before they can move on to the next. The most important decision is where to start as Cameron and crew clean up the rubble and transform the ruined rooms into dream spaces.
First Time Flippers
First Time Flippers follows naive property virgins as they use minimal renovation skills to turn disaster homes into high-dollar properties. The series follows the action as novice flippers learn the rights and wrongs of remodeling, budgeting and—hopefully— making a profit.
ABOUT DIY NETWORK
DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. Currently in more than 58 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. The network’s award-winning website, DIYNetwork.com, consistently ranks among America's top home and garden Internet destinations for entertaining videos, home improvement advice, step-by-step instructions, message boards, blogs, an interactive program guide and more. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., DIY Network is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI). Viewers can become fans of DIY Network and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. To find DIY Network’s satellite and cable channel designations, check local listings or visit DIYNetwork.com/tv.