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TV Eh B Cs podcast 86 — Making it right with Mike Holmes Jr.

Mike Holmes Jr. is a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator and guest expert. Mike Jr. started working with his father—celebrity contractor Mike Holmes—when he was just 14 years old on the set of Holmes on Homes®. Canadians have watched Mike Jr. grow up on screen over the years as he has helped his father on some of his most ambitious builds including Holmes in New Orleans, Holmes Makes It Right, Mike’s Ultimate Garage and Holmes + Holmes.

Having inherited Mike’s dependability, honesty, loyalty and determination, Mike Jr. supports the importance of upholding proper building code and improving building standards across the board. He also supports the skilled trades by helping build respect for the people at the forefront of the world’s leading industries.

Season 2 of Holmes+Holmes airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HGTV Canada.

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Preview: HGTV Canada’s Home to Win is back on the renovation track with the biggest prize ever

Home to Win, the incredible original series from HGTV Canada, is back for a third season this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT with the fabulous ET Canada star Sangita Patel as host. What can viewers expect this time around? That was my biggest question.

The first episode follows Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray as they hunt for the perfect property to buy and renovate for one Canadian family to call their own. The hook? The home is available to first-time home buyers only, a huge deal for a family looking to own their first property. The hilarious duo of Baeumler McGillivray made me cry with laughter as they walk through the houses, joking, playing pool and teasing each other. McGillivray is looking into the attic in one of the bedrooms and Baeumler sneaks up on him and scares him to death. The perfect combination of intelligence and wittiness of these two is worth watching.

In each episode, an incredible team of builders and designers works together to renovate the whole house step-by-step. Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe are the ones responsible for making it look chic and exquisite. And there are more than 20 famous and extremely talented Canada designers and builders—including Tiffany Pratt, Sarah Baeumler, Sebastian Clovis, Sarah Keenleyside, Danielle Bryk and Mike Holmes—who join them to take on the challenge of turning this house into a living dream.

What makes it so special? I think that the combination of achieving a kind and heartwarming goal and diversity of talented and absolutely entertaining people makes it so enjoyable. It’s never enough, you always want more.

Sunday’s episode is chock full of ideas and concepts and we get to see how the house looks from the outside. Next week we go inside. Don’t miss it.

You can try your luck by visiting Home to Win‘s site and submitting an online application for a chance to win the home, which will be awarded during the season finale.

Home to Win airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Image courtesy of Corus Entertainment.

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Poll results: Your three favourite new Canadian TV series of the fall

The results are in and Canada’s newest satire series, The Beaverton, is your No. 1 favourite television series of the fall. With just over 6,500 votes cast, The Comedy Network series captured 37 per cent of the vote.

In second place is HGTV’s Bryan Inc., starring Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, followed by Holmes + Holmes and Moving the McGillivrays. Rounding out the Top 5 was CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.

The Bachelorette Canada, Frontier, Airport: Below Zero, Shoot the Messenger and Travelers fill out the Top 10.

You can find out how your favourites placed in the poll here; thanks to everyone who participated.

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Holmes + Holmes teams father and son for personal project

I’ve been a fan of Mike Holmes since the first episode of Holmes on Homes aired way back in … well, it was a long time ago. Holmes Inspection, Holmes Makes It Right, I’ve seen them all at least once and often several times over. The guy has an infectious personality, unmatched knowledge of right and wrong when it comes to home building and an urge to educate and inspire others. Those traits have been carried down to his kids Amanda, Sherry and Mike Jr., who have all appeared on his series.

After renovating his father’s garage—documented for the network with a short-run series—Mike Sr. and Jr. return to HGTV Canada with Holmes + Holmes, where they turn the latter’s bachelor abode into a great place for he and his girlfriend, Lisa. Debuting Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Holmes + Holmes is as much a renovation program as it is a spotlight on the evolution of Mike Jr. as a person while in the shadow of his superstar father. Footage of Jr. back in 2004 shows a skinny teen who is more interested in playing video games than he is hefting a hammer, but he’s learned a lot in the 12 years since.

He’s learned so much so that he’s able to challenge his dad, and has the know-how to back it up, on certain things. With $50,000 devoted to the renovation, Jr. plans to spend $30,000 on rebuilding inside with the remainder spent on outside issues. But as folks who watch these programs can attest, budgets go out the window once work commences and awful secrets are revealed as walls come down. And while Jr. is thinking of a mere facelift for his place, Sr. is leaning towards a complete gutting and rebuild of the bungalow.

There is a marked change in the tone of many DIY and renovation programming from straight hands-on, nuts and bolts stuff to a lighter, character-driven model and Holmes + Holmes is certainly that. Both men have spent hundreds of hours working in TV and know their stuff when it comes to the mechanics of a job. What viewers want now is to see folks like the Holmes’ interact and show a more personal side. You certainly get that with this; much time is spent in Episode 1 as Jr. states he’s got the knowledge to complete the job on his own without help from dad, and there is plenty of good-natured ribbing between them and a barbecue challenge. And though she’s a rookie to the TV thing, Lisa has got it together, both serving as a grounding influence for Jr. and a set of fresh eyes taking in the Holmes’ renovation process for the first time.

It’s going to be a fun ride.

Holmes + Holmes airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Image courtesy of Corus.

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HGTV Canada breaks ground on Season 2 of Home to Win

From a media release:

HGTV Canada and Architect Films announced today that production has begun on the second season of the successful Canadian original series Home to Win, which ranked as the #1 specialty competition series (A25-54) in its first season.* This season, HGTV Canada is bringing together 30 of the best-known celebrity builders, designers and real estate experts to pool their extraordinary expertise, creativity and reno know-how. Joined by host ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, they will completely transform an average house into a dream waterfront property. Home-winning hopefuls from across the country will vie to compete for this spectacular house in the dramatic series finale. The new season is currently slated to premiere on HGTV Canada in Spring 2017.

This season’s team of 30 celebrity builder, designer and real estate expert all-stars includes:

  • Jo Alcorn (Critical Listing)
  • Carson Arthur (Critical Listing)
  • Bryan Baeumler (House of BryanBryan Inc.)
  • Sarah Baeumler (House of BryanBryan Inc.)
  • Danielle Bryk (A Bryk at a Time)
  • Kate Campbell (Disaster DecksCustom Built)
  • André Chevigny (Carver KingsTimber Kings)
  • Sebastian Clovis ($ave My Reno)
  • Rob Evans (The Expandables)
  • Joey Fletcher (Disaster DecksCustom Built)
  • Jillian Harris (Love It or List It Vancouver)
  • Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It RightHolmes and Holmes)
  • Mike Holmes Jr. (Holmes Makes It RightHolmes and Holmes)
  • Colin Hunter (Open House Overhaul)
  • Sarah Keenleyside (Backyard Builds)
  • Dave Kenney (Disaster DecksCustom Built)
  • Paul Lafrance (Disaster DecksCustom Built)
  • Brian McCourt (Backyard Builds)
  • Scott McGillivray (Income PropertyMoving the McGillivrays)
  • Mia Parres (The Expandables)
  • Tiffany Pratt (Buy It, Fix It, Sell It)
  • Samantha Pynn (Open House Overhaul)
  • Sarah Richardson (Sarah’s HouseSarah’s Rental Cottage)
  • Drew Scott (Property Brothers: Buying and SellingProperty Brothers)
  • Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers: Buying and SellingProperty Brothers)
  • Sabrina Smelko ($ave My Reno)
  • Tommy Smythe (Sarah’s HouseSarah’s Rental Cottage)
  • Todd Talbot (Love It or List It Vancouver)
  • Dave Wilson (Masters of Flip)
  • Kortney Wilson (Masters of Flip)
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