Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Aug 16

Ask the Producer: All Stars Episode 3

Each week, I chat with Design Star All Stars producer Loren Ruch about the best on-set moments and what you didn’t see on the show. Read on for his dish on The Facts of Life set makeovers!

Design Star Judges With Mindy Cohn and Design Star Producer Loren Ruch

How did you decide to use The Facts of Life sets as inspiration for this week’s episode?

I happen to be friends with Mindy Cohn (and have known her for about 15 years), and I am also an enormous fan of ‘80’s sitcoms – as are many of our viewers! On last year’s blog and message boards many people asked me if we’d ever consider doing a ‘set’, so I thought this would be our chance. What could be more fun than recreating my favorite show of all time, with a wonderful friend on set, and modernize it for a contemporary audience?!

What was it like for Mindy Cohn to revisit updated versions of the sets from her youth?
Everyone fell in LOVE with Mindy on the set! She told so many fun stories, and cracked us up the entire time she was there. She told us that she literally spent ‘ages 14-20’ on that set, so it was really fun to be with her on a trip down memory lane.

Any hints about the All Stars finale?
Sure…why not! If you thought yurts or tiny houses were fun, just wait until you see what our designers do with shipping containers! You just may want to buy one for yourself!

Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below.

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37 Comments

  1. Gen and Hil may be Twitter friends now, but keep in mind, the show was filmed long before it aired… the results were already set.

    Stacy on August 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm
  2. Is there anyway to find out what color paints they used in the winning room? I love that blue and gray.

    Susannah on October 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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