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W Network’s Jillian & Justin pulls back the curtain on Harris’ private life

She’s been a bachelorette and battled with Todd Talbot on Love It Or List It Vancouver. Now Jillian Harris is allowing W Network to track her newest life experience: mother.

Debuting Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network, the four-part Jillian & Justin pulls back the curtain on Harris’ personal life, something most haven’t seen on television (but get plenty of on her blog and Instagram) since her time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Along for the experience is Justin Pasutto, a former professional snowboarder and small business owner who seems equally at home having a documentary camera track his every move as she does. Jillian & Justin is from Big Coat Media, the same folks who make Love It Or List It Vancouver and it’s obvious Harris trusts them. How else to explain why she and Pasutto would allow them to record the not-so-glamourous life of a couple building their own house in Kelowna, B.C., with a baby on the way while juggling day jobs?

Much of Episode 1 lays the groundwork for the rest of the series, setting up who Pasutto is and his personality. It also gives an interesting peek into life behind-the-scenes on Love It Or List It Vancouver, as Harris and co-host Todd Talbot discuss her pregnancy while eating popsicles in the production camper. Gone are the TV personas we see on that show and we’re left with two good friends discussing life-changing events. It’s pretty cool stuff.

If you’re not a fan of Harris, Jillian & Justin won’t be your cup of tea. But if following her on social media, getting email updates from her website and watching Love It Or List It Vancouver just isn’t enough, this four-parter will help sate your appetite.

Jillian & Justin airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Image courtesy of Corus.


W Network lifts the veil on Jillian Harris’ life in Canadian original Jillian & Justin

From a media release:

For years, fans have followed notable interior designer and host of Love It Or List It Vancouver Jillian Harris’ personal and professional journey on television and social media. W Network now brings audiences a raw, insider’s look into her and partner Justin Pasutto’s biggest life challenges with the four-part docu-series Jillian & Justin, premiering June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Canadian original program follows the couple as they tackle the challenges of first-time parenthood and building their forever home, while meeting the demands of their careers and relationship.

Jillian & Justin provides an authentic and revealing look at the couple and their dramatic new life in Kelowna, B.C. As Jillian juggles her jam-packed schedule and Justin tries to launch a new career to support their growing family, they’re also in the midst of a major home renovation and adjusting to life with a newborn. The special docu-series also unveils many firsts for Jillian, including the birth of her first child, buying and rebuilding a teardown home, and starting new business ventures on top of her already-busy television career.

In the series premiere, the couple prepare themselves for the arrival of their first child together and their new roles as parents. Between doctor’s appointments, an over-the-top surprise baby shower, preparing their house for a newborn, and continuing to work right up until her due date, Jillian attempts to do it all. Meanwhile, Justin ends up in a frightening accident and then receives some shocking news as he prepares their new home for a massive renovation, throwing their lives into complete chaos.

Jillian & Justin is created and produced by Big Coat Media in association with HGTV Canada.


Love It Or List It Vancouver renewed for Season 4

From a media release:

Big Coat Productions is excited to announce that a fourth season of their hit TV series, Love It or List It Vancouver, has been green-lit by W Network. Season 4 of the series, hosted by designer Jillian Harris and real estate expert Todd Talbot, will have 26 all-new episodes, showcasing Vancouver homeowners struggling with homes that no longer suit their needs. Production on Season 4 is currently underway and is set to premiere in Fall of 2016 on W Network. New episodes of Season 3 premiere February 2016.



Every episode of Love It or List It Vancouver takes viewers on an emotional roller-coaster as homeowners across the lower mainland welcome the charismatic co-hosts into their homes to battle it out for bragging rights while the family decides whether to “love it” or “list it.” Jillian must catch the homeowners’ wandering eyes with a brilliant renovation and Todd must woo them away into a stunning house on the market in BC’s largest metropolitan city.


Harris and Talbot battle budgets and property costs on Love It Or List It Vancouver

Todd Talbot wants to go on the record with a pitch for a new series starring he and Jillian Harris for W Network. He even leans in close so my iPhone records it loud and clear.

“I think there is a better show out there with the stuff that hasn’t aired,” he says with a mischievous smile. “We have been gunning for it. For the record, whoever is listening, we’re game!”

In the meantime, the duo will stick with the formula that has made them household names with the W Network crowd, Love It Or List It Vancouver, returning tonight with a new season. Once again, Harris and Talbot descend on Vancouver homeowners who are looking for a major change. Will they heed Harris’ advice and renovate their family home or will they side with Talbot and sell the joint and find a new abode? While the structure of Love It Or List It Vancouver hasn’t changed, Harris says the flavour and tone certainly has.

“Now that we kind of have a grasp on things this is more organic and the camera style is looser. I think people are going to be able to relate to it even more,” she says. “The first two seasons we were trying to figure out the formula.”

“I’ve been having to deal with you,” Talbot counters to his co-star. “It’s taken me a year to do that!” The snappy back and forth between  the feisty Harris and acerbic Talbot is entertaining as heck, and serves as a balance to the stresses of watching homeowners agonize over staying put or moving somewhere new. Those stresses are shared by interior designer Harris and real estate agent Talbot, who must struggle within the confines of limited renovation budgets (she) or an exploding housing market driving more and more Vancouverites to the suburbs (he).

“It has gotten ridiculously expensive to live in Vancouver,” Talbot admits. “You almost become numb to the pricing. You don’t even bat an eye at a million dollars. The biggest challenge is faced by those families with young kids who are moving out of their condo and into a detached house because those homes have skyrocketed in price. They want to move out of the densified downtown and into a family neighbourhood and the cost barrier there is ridiculously high.”

The solution? Income suites in homes and laneway housing, the former of which aren’t always legal and the latter a mini-house built where a garage used to be on a century-home’s property. Or people are staying put and renovating. Enter Harris, who has her own challenges to face.

“I think a lot of people come on the show because they want to renovate,” she says. “But there is only so much that I can do with their limited existing space, so they move.”

“My biggest challenge this season are the fricking character homes,” she continues. “The homeowners want to have them renovated and sometimes it’s just cheaper to knock them down and start over again. We have so many off-camera conversations with the homeowners to tell them that, and they don’t care. They want us to renovate.”

Sounds like just the sort of stuff we’d love to see on the proposed show Talbot is hoping for.

Love It Or List It Vancouver returns Monday at 10 p.m. ET on W Network.