Ty Pennington to host Inside the Box on W Network

From a media release:

2aafdd00-a254-49c0-9e8b-1b376cb264fdTy Pennington is bringing his design expertise to Canadian homes in a fun, informative and fast-paced new series that puts ‘armchair designers’ to the test in Inside the Box with Ty Pennington. Produced by Cineflix Productions in association with W Network, the series starts filming this month, with a broadcast launch set for fall 2010.

Lots of people think they know about interior design – and many are confident they could do better than the experts given the chance. In each 30-minute episode of Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, two keen amateurs who could be friends, relatives, neighbours or work colleagues, go head to head in an all-out design duel. They and their teams have just 48 hours to create a themed room in each of their homes – but there’s a catch: they can only use the materials that arrive in a mystery crate, complete with helpful hints.

The contents of each crate have been chosen specially and personally by Ty himself, based on his interpretation of the challengers’ design styles. But he’s not out to match their styles – he wants to stretch their design imaginations and push them into places they never imagined they would go. Design associate and celebrated Canadian designer Janette Ewan will also be on hand to check in on the rivaling design teams every step of the way.

Since first appearing as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series Trading Spaces, charismatic TV personality Ty Pennington has become a household name. A true believer in random acts of kindness, Ty has helped transform the lives of thousands – while inspiring millions more around the world – both as the star host of the People’s Choice- and Emmy Award-winning series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), and of Ty’s Great British Adventure, the highest-rated series ever on UKTV Home. He is also the author of How Good Design Can Change Your Life (2008) and the New York Times bestseller Ty’s Tricks, he has a line of seasonal home décor called Ty Pennington Style (Sears), and recently teamed with industry leader Howard Miller to create his own signature line of furniture.

For over a decade, Janette Ewen has been reporting on the hottest design trends for style publications including Chatelaine, Canadian House & Home and The Globe and Mail. Janette is a regular guest on CityLine, Breakfast Television, Canada AM and Urban Rush.

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25 thoughts on “Ty Pennington to host Inside the Box on W Network”

  1. hi Ty, I am a building representative for 2 apartment buildings in Napanee ON. They need some major work done to them which I don’t believe the owners know how badly things have to be done. The one building on the bottom floor apartments is growing mould. The building has to be dug up around it and have a big O or vapour barrier or something to stop this from growing. It is so embarrassing to show a unit with this showing and smelling.The windows are not the best, nor the patio doors. The heat goes outside and this isn’t fair to the tenants as the tenants have to pay their own heating bill. This is hard on some of them as they have a fixed income. The other building the windows leak, the patio doors half of them won’t close tight. they are over 40 years old. The roof leaks into some of the top floor unitsm which is wrecking the walls, I have reported this to my bosses many times but apparently it is not in their budget. They have quite a few buildings all over Canada. My concern is the ones I am responsible for. I watch you all of the time on Extreme Makeover and often wished that there could be a way for you to come to Canada and do some of the homes here. And that apartment buildings would be on your list. Which I know that is impossible. Part of my wish came true. You are coming to Ontario, but not to a small hit town like Napanee. I know if the tenants had things done around here they would appreciate it more and live here happy. Being a rep is taking a lot of flack from a lot of people from both ends but I can only do what I can. Everyone knows Money Talks and that we don’t have to spare. Thanks for listening anyway. Some day maybe I will win the lottery and I would be able to afford to do things here and at the other building for all of the improvements that need to be done.

    1. Judy Palmer, when are you going to pay back the $10,000 you admit to taking from my 90 year old mother.

  2. It would be wonderful to see some shows done on the west coast. I think we are constantly overlooked which is a shame. West coasters have just as much to offer, hope you will consider us sometime.
    Looking forward to the new show, Leslie

  3. Hi Ty,
    We live in Fredericton, NB and would love to be considered for your new show!
    Hope to see you on the East Coast! Looking forward to watching the show!
    Nicole

  4. i agree with we do not have thing done in the west. i am an avid watcher of your make over show for families that needed help with their homes. great show. looking forward to your new show. what are your other helpers from your other show doing now? debby

  5. Dear Ty:

    You are very generous with the homes you build for the people of America., however, I feel if you did not build such rich mansions, and just do a regular house, you could do it for more people. These people are going from deaths door to castles, which is to me, over doing it. I think they would be satisfied with a normal everyday home, and if there are special needs in that home by all means make it to fit with this, but from what I see, I just feel more people could be helped by keepiing the mansions down to comfortable homes. Thank you.

  6. Hello: Its Theresa, from Majik Talent Agency. My agency is in Hamilton, Ontario. If you ever bring your show here and need clients for your show please call (905) 312 – 0569. Thanks

  7. Hello Ty

    I watch Extreme Make Over alot and you are doing a wonderful job helping people who are in need or
    have a disability . The houses are like mansions do you have one like them, and how do you get it cleaned.
    Not everyone can afford a maid. Why don’t you build a regular home in Canada

    Thank you for listening
    Lianne Hogg

  8. Hello Ty,
    I watch Extreme Make over alot and you as you know are helping many people who have a disability or are
    in need. The houses you build are like mansions do you have one like those. Those I know in Canada do not
    have maids or cannot afford them do you have someone that cleans your house for you
    Thank you for listening

    Lianne Hogg

  9. Hi Ty! You’ve done a wonderful job with coordinating and keeping your teams energized and getting alone. The good ole rustic country style guy with a good heart and Mike the house decorator who acts like he’s mega gay (I never figured out why gay guys put on the airs egocentric and changing their normal voices into falseto) are opposite in their personal decor tastes lol one acts macho and the other acts superior lol Keeping artists inline and working as a team must take a nightmare of multi-tasking and refereeing on your part! I take my hat off to you!! Way to go! Have you worked out the kinks of people not being able to afford property taxes once they’ve settled into a home that is worth much more than they ever dreamed they would own? and have you figured out ways so that their heating bills etc. are affordable? That is one area that has definitely concerned me, as some friends mentioned that a few people went bankrupt in the first couple of years you were building homes for folks in need…and I didn’t know if this is true…I hope not. When I’ve watched an episode, like the time you and your team and volunteers a veterans’ gathering place, and built a home for the grandparents and their grandaughter and grandson, a beautiful home in place of a crowded modular trailer because the childrens’ mom was a young native lady in the armed forces who lost her life protecting folks in the far east trying to find some wealthy nasty Taliban leaders etc. who unfortunately, did a horrific thing to the American people in New York at the Twin Towers, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon. I was very impressed with the cost saving and power efficient methods you used and have used in a few other shows; such as: windmill power and solar panels. It would be terrific if you could figure out how to get these fabulous items at a low enough cost to enable your team and the volunteer builders to use the solar powered cells and the wind mills in more homes than not! As it makes me feel like “you all” really care what happens to these folks when all the glitz and groceries are gone and they have to figure out how to pay the maintenance bills and regular cable, heat and hot water bills. Even the warm locations where families need an air conditioner or two, especially for the young lady who’s body had to be kept at a low temperature or her organs shut down. Thanks for calling favours from all the singers and other stars, smart thinking! Great way to raise money and keep the interest going for the ratings. I understand what some of the replies above mention about building more homes if they were not so extravagant and the home owners would find the homes would be more affordable to run on a yearly basis; you and some of us know that the fact that “they are EXTREME HOMES keeps the t.v. watches more interested in the program” and I can imagine it also gives some wealthy people ideas on what to do to their places to make them more fun and extravagant! Do you find that it’s wealthy people for the most part who send in donations for the homes you’re building, or is it the everyday blue collar families that send in the dollars? Wondered about that, or is it more like companies competing with one another to see who gets the most advertising for donating more?! I’m glad we can still believe there’s some good hearted and hard working people out there!! Because all too often we see thieves and vandalism in our apartment complexes. I don’t know why some people treat rentals like crap, instead of think like it’s their own homes and take the best care of them and help out the landlords. Some folks would be amazed when they look after a landlord’s rental home and the renters do a little extra work around the yard and in the house, often the landlords are pleased with the tenants and want to keep them as long as they can, so they don’t increase the rent as often as they could.
    God Bless You & every person that is involved in making desperate times better for these families and the occasional single person too! I know what it’s like to make a fair disability pension and a supposedly non-profit organization takes advantage of people like me that slip through the cracks. They know if they don’t answer their phones and keep passing the buck…and don’t consider our medication costs or repairing scooters, and bed bug medication and creams because the landlord isn’t keeping the building a safe or peaceful place for folks that have mega migraines from head injuries and the last thing we need is dope dealers, druggies and practicing alcoholics falling, spitting, hallucinating people and swearing at us who are sober and care about our living situation & surroundings. Unfortunately the landlord comes down to assisting as little as possible, often to the extent of endangering peoples’ lives by neglecting them or leaving our suites when the staff is suppose to be supervising a tenant having a shower!
    See you .. keep up the good work, I’m watching a repeat on the television set! Just started…wish there were less repeats! thanks for considering it…and I apologize ahead of time for the grammatical errors, etc. Gnome :D

  10. Hey Ty. I watch Extreme Home Makeover all the time. Love the show. If I recall correctly you once came to Canada. It’d be nice to see the show here once again. As much as this show seems to be a good one, home makeover is something more Canadian’s need at this point.

  11. Well Hello Ty
    I think it is wonderfull that you will be hosting a new show in Canada I am sure you will bring it your all. I love Extreme makeover but i do agree a lot of canadians would do well to have just a regular home. I am sure your show Inside the Box will do as well as Extreme Makover. You have that super crazy hyper persona that has made that show a hit. With out you i am sure it would never have lasted. I would like to wish you all the best of luck. Welcome to Canada Ty.

  12. Hi Ty! My name is Juanita and for the past 3 hrs I have been handicapped. My husband and I use to buy homes , fix them up and then flip them as sort of a hobby of ours. Before I got sick, we moved to Elliot Lake and flipped 4 homes in 3 yrs. We did pretty much all of the work ourselves and transformed many an ugly duckling into beautiful executive style homes.then I started to get sick, so we left and bought a fixer upper near Midland on Georgian Bay. 6 months into the project, I turned for the worse and had to be put on the transplant list for a new liver. You see, I had contracted hepatitis c back in the 1980’s from a blood transfusion and it was slowly attacking my organs. My oldest son and I were scheduled to have surgery in April 2007 were I would receive a part of his liver but it never happened. 2 weeks before our drudgery, I went into a coma. The doctors had left me too long and I had gotten an infection that they all say should have cost me my life. After a couple of months of lying there comatose they were able to stabilize me and I received my new liver. Not from my generous son because by then I was to far gone but from a 16 year old girl that had been killed by a 15 year old boy that had stolen a car and ran into her and her cousin……. Thanks to a very generous family I was given my life back. After lying in a coma for 5 months I woke up and was Completely paralyzed and unable to talk. After months of rehab and physical therapy I finally got to go home. I still cannot stand up and walk and it is 3 years later. My husband and I have started back at the renovations on our house, but our heart is not in it anymore…. He tries so hard, but he’s only one man and I can’t help him like I use to and there are so many jobs started and unfinished. I think we have become overwhelmed and can’t find our way back. You have know idea how many times We would watch Extreme Makeover and pray you would come to Canada!!! And now to have you this close, please do you think we could get an autograph Ty ?

  13. hola ty soy lila de venezuela estado falcón en un pueblito de la vela de coro sabes veo tu programa hace años todos los dias y siempre me imagino que a mi tambien me a yudaras algun dia vivo con mi mama y mis 2 hijos en un cuarto en muy malas condiciones ojala algún dia me eligas tengo mucha fé en dios que algun dia me ayudaras me despido y sige asi porque se que tu y tu equipo poseen un espiritu maravilloso saludos a todos chao ty cuidate responde en algun momento mi telefono es 0412 0777021

    “eligenos” por fa

  14. If you think you might want to do something in cottage country in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, give me a call, I live in a little 900 sq ft home that could use some good ideas.

  15. hey anonymous: totally agree – my place was a disaster too! zero consideration given to the contestants on the show and the prize was really weak!!

  16. I agree with Anonymous 18 & 19.
    I have just watched the first episode. How very disappointing!
    Who wants their home decorated in early hardware store?
    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER decorate with burlap. It STINKS! Pets destroy it. It increases dust and irritates those with allergies and is a nightmare to remove from surfaces. It went out of fashion with the college crowd of the 1960’s. Muslin is a much better inexpensive option for plain fabric uses.
    The homes featured in the first episode were better without the addition of washtubs, chain-link fencing & plastic chain.

    I have never had much money but I have always had good taste. My advice to would-be contestants is to avoid the box. It was filled by people without any taste at all.

  17. This is THE worst show on “design” I have ever seen. These characters who put themselves out as design professionals make a mockery of the profession and provide ridiculous, tasteless advice to people who may not know better. No wonder it is so difficult to decipher good from bad in today’s society. What a joke.

  18. HI, TY, ME AND MY FAMILY WATCH YOU ALL THE TIME, ME AND MY GRANDMA AND GRANPA MOSTLY !! I AM 13 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY. I AM IN A WHEELCHAIR. THE BEST PART ABOUT THE SHOW IS “MOVE THAT BUS” !! wHEN I HAD MY 13TH BIRTHDAY, MY MOM ARRANGED FOR A LIMO TO PICK ME AND MY FRIENDS UP AT SCHOOL. THEY HID THE LIMO BEHIND A SCHOOL BUS AND WHEN WE GOT OUTSIDE, EVERYONE YELLED “MOVE THAT BUS” BECAUSE THEY KNEW YOUR SHOW IS MY FAVOURITE SHOW ON TV! IT WAS VERY EXCITING !! EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT “INSIDE THE BOX ” MEANS, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT BECAUSE MY MOM SAYS THAT SHE THINKS IT IS GOING TO BE LIKE TRADING SPACES. MY BROTHER IS 11 YEARS OLD, HE PLAYS HOCKEY. I AM EXCITED TO SEE YOUR NEW SHOW AND WHO IS GOING TO BE HELPING YOU THIS TIME? YOU ARE MY FAVOURITE TV PERSON BECAUSE YOU HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LIKE ME !! YEAH !! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, LOVE MEGAN DAVIS

  19. I was just wondering where I would be able to find some of the materials you use? I’m particularly interested in the wall stamp you had used in episode 13 for Inside the Box. Where would I be able to buy something like that for my own purposes? Thanks!

  20. Ho cambiato un po’ di cose per il mio progetto e potrei fare una bellissima cosa per il mio Istruttore di Canoa e Canottaggio e mi piacerebbe avere qualcuno se mi costruisci questo progetto perché siamo cosi pochi per il momento e quando saremmo un po’ di più e quindi lo vorrei avere una struttura che non deve piovere dentro il Circolo Nautico Terramaini e potrei chiedere a te Ty se mi aiuteresti per favore qui in Sardegna a Cagliari e mi faria sapere qualcosa 338 4010270

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