Flipping the Block
Jul 31

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Episode 2

You know him from Brother Vs. Brother and Design Star — now go behind the scenes of the all-new competition series Flipping the Block with producer Loren Ruch. Each week, he’ll share his favorite behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show!

David Bromstad Interviews Producer Loren Ruch

David Bromstad Interviews Producer Loren Ruch

Several blog readers have asked: Will the contestants have time to go back and complete work they didn’t finish during each challenge?
Wouldn’t you like to know?  I’m not going to give away all our secrets…but stay tuned for a bit, and you won’t be disappointed.

Since this is a competition, how secretive were the designers about their respective designs?
They were surprisingly collaborative actually. I was impressed with how respectful they were of each other. They really weren’t very proprietary at all when it came to their designs. That said, they were all so busy on their own places that they barely had a chance to see what the other teams were doing.

What time at night were the contestants and crew typically done? What did the teams usually do in the evenings?
Some of the teams worked late into the evening. We had cameras there 24/7 just in case something happened in the wee hours of the night!

Do you have a favorite funny or behind-the-scenes moment from this episode?
This was our rainy episode. The weather was atrocious and it was a big, wet, muddy mess at the Block. The poor teams had no bathrooms, and it was damp and soggy. I felt absolutely horrible for them in episode two. Luckily, the sun reappeared after this one, and basically stayed the entire rest of the competition!

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below — he may just answer you next week.

Flipping the Block
Jul 27

Flipping the Block: Vote for Your Favorite Bathroom

Are you hooked on Flipping the Block yet? In less than a week, the contestants have arrived at their new (wrecked) homes and remodeled their master bedrooms. But they’ve still got a long renovation journey ahead! This week, they took one step closer to a finished, ready-for-sale condo by remodeling not one but both of the units’ bathrooms.

Each team took a different design approach, and they didn’t skimp on the details, either:

Bathroom Designs From Flipping the Block

Tell me: Which set of bathrooms did you like best? Vote for the Black Team, Silver Team, Blue Team or Red Team now, then see all the before-and-after shots right here tomorrow.

Flipping the Block
Jul 22

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Premiere

You know him from Brother Vs. Brother and Design Star — now go behind the scenes of the all-new competition series Flipping the Block with producer Loren Ruch. Each week, he’ll share his favorite behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show!

Flipping the Block Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott

Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott

The contestants didn’t look any too happy about having to sleep in the run-down condos. Were there any funny moments from the first night we didn’t see on screen?
Oh, yes! They were not happy with us at all initially. My favorite moment was when Anicka asked one of our producers, “So, where are we really sleeping tonight?” When we said “This was it” she gave us a look that I could never replicate! When I think about it now I laugh out loud, but back then I was a bit scared one of them might walk!

Speaking of run-down…were they really using those kitchens and bathrooms until they were remodeled?
You better believe it! What you see is what you get! Luckily, the bathrooms were made over in the second week, so they only had ports-potties for a short while.

What was your favorite behind-the-scenes or funny moment from the set of this episode?
By far, my favorite moment was when they saw the units for the first time, and found out they were going to be living in them for the next eight weeks. All I can say is, I don’t know what the heck was going on in those bathrooms before our teams moved in, but it was worse than a horror movie!! Seriously, John and Whitney’s toilet looked like it came from another planet!!!

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!

Flipping the Block
Jul 20

Video: Hang Out With Flipping the Block Stars

Just in time for tonight’s Flipping the Block premiere, we chatted with judge Scott McGillivray, host Josh Temple and behind-the-scenes reporter David Bromstad. They shared all the from-the-set scoop, answered your questions and offered hints to what you’ll see on this all-new series.

Flipping the Block Stars Scott McGillivray, Josh Temple and David Bromstad

Flipping the Block Stars Scott McGillivray, Josh Temple and David Bromstad

Missed the chat? No worries! You can watch it all on YouTube. Watch the Hangout Now >>

Flipping the Block
Jul 20

Flipping the Block: Which Bedroom Did You Like Best?

Did you tune in to the premiere episode of Flipping the Block? Tonight, we met all 8 loveable competitors, and we got a look at the (truly awful) condos they’ll be living in as they remodel. They have everything: Bugs, brown water, holes in the walls..oh yeah, and lots of potential. After crafting a temporary sleep space with air mattresses, each team got to work on the first challenge: The master bedroom. Here’s a peek at the designs from each team:

Bedroom Designs: Flipping the Block on HGTV

Which bedroom renovation did you prefer: Black Team Whitney and John, Red Team Anicka and Shauna, Silver Team Curtis and Amanda or Blue Team Brian and Craig? Cast your vote in the comments below, then check back tomorrow for before-and-after photos and behind-the-scenes videos with David Bromstad.

Flipping the Block
Jul 18

Flipping the Block: Series Premiere Sneak Peek

Would you sign up to spend 8 weeks of your life on an HGTV renovation show — without knowing the premise or the prize? That’s exactly what the four brave Flipping the Block teams did: Until they set foot on the Flipping the Block property, they had no idea that they would be renovating run-down condos…and living in the construction dust.

Flipping the Block Contestants Arrive at The Block

How did they deal with the news? Well…some people handled it better than others. Click through to watch their reactions to the dirty, run-down properties, and see what else is coming up on Sunday’s premiere.

See a Sneak Peek of Sunday’s Episode

Flipping the Block
Jul 18

Ask the Flipping the Block Producer: Get to Know the Show

You know him from Brother Vs. Brother and Design Star — now go behind the scenes of the all-new competition series Flipping the Block with producer Loren Ruch. Each week, he’ll share his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and what you didn’t see on TV. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show! Just in time for Sunday’s premiere, here’s his take on the exciting new show.

Flipping the Block 2014 - Go Behind the Scenes on Set

Behind-the-Scenes Host David Bromstad Interviews Loren on Set

What’s the story behind this new HGTV show? What’s this show’s relationship to the Australian hit, “The Block”?
The premise of the show Flipping the Block is that four teams of talented competitors get the opportunity to flip four identical condos…all while living in them! These places were absolute DUMPS, so that made the challenge even more difficult. Basically, they turned a rundown complex into a modern day Melrose Place. This is the US-version of the highly popular Australian show called The Block.

How did you narrow down the pool of applicants to the final group of 8? What qualities were you looking for in pairings?
We had almost 1000 people (500 teams) apply to be on the show. We wanted a variety of applicants from different regions, backgrounds, skill sets, and relationships. We have a team with twin brothers, a team with sisters, a newly dating couple, and newlyweds — so there’s a little bit of everything. As for skill sets, we made sure that all of the teams had some level of tool skills, real estate knowledge, or design capabilities so that there would not be an obvious winner, and it could be anyone’s game.

How much did the contestants know before going into this experience? When did they learn about the true premise of the show?
They didn’t know ANYTHING about living in the properties. All they knew was that they were going to appear on an all-new HGTV renovation show! That made the first moment when they saw the Block that much more shocking and exciting!

How did HGTV find the properties being renovated for this project? What were you looking for in the property itself?
We had a real estate expert scour the LA market looking for the perfect property. When she found this four-plex in Glendale we knew it was our perfect pick because all four units were identical, and the places were run down enough that there was room for real transformation.

How did you choose Scott McGillivray and Nicole Curtis as the show’s judges?
This was a no-brainer to me. Scott is the absolute king of everything ‘real estate’ and Nicole is one of our biggest stars with an incredible knowledge of historical preservation -and– house flipping. Combined, they were the perfect choices to real advise and ultimately judge each week’s challenge.

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

Flipping the Block
Jul 17

Flipping the Block Premieres This Sunday!

The wait is finally over: HGTV’s all-new series Flipping the Block premieres this Sunday, July 20 at 9/8c. Tune in to meet the 4 teams you’ll come to know and love (trust me!) and hang out with HGTV faves like judge Scott McGillivray, host Josh Temple and digital reporter David Bromstad.

Flipping the Block Premiere

Scott McGillivray, Josh Temple and David Bromstad on Set

This all-new competition series will follow 4 duos as they renovate and decorate 4 identical condos — all while living in the construction dust! Sound exciting? Oh, just wait until you see this:

Once the (crazy bad!) condos have been totally transformed, they’ll be sold at a live auction to the highest bidders. The team with the highest sale price will take home the ultimate prize: $50,000 dollars, plus, of course, serious bragging rights.

So, will you be watching? Tune in this Sunday, July 20, at 9/8c.

Brother vs Brother
Jul 16

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Finale!

Congratulations to our newest Brother Vs. Brother champion, Melissa! We’ve got one final round of questions and answers with producer Loren Ruch. See his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and observations from the final episode.

Jonathan, Drew and Producer Loren With Brother Vs. Brother Winner Melissa

Jonathan, Drew and Producer Loren With Winner Melissa

Blog reader DB Coop asks: “So what’s to keep Jonathan from sneaking over to his team’s assigned house late at night and secretly powering through all kinds of value-added renovation work? Seriously though, to keep the competition fair and balanced, are both teams held strictly to the same time clock each day or do they have some leeway into how many hours they can put in?”

Good question! Yes, both teams are kept on the exact same time clock. They start at the exact same time and end at the exact same time. We have producers at both houses who are in communication with each other to make sure that this is 100% fair and accurate.

Blog reader Deb asks: “Who makes the final decision on the winner once the judges select the final winning team? If the twins choose the winner, who breaks the tie if they disagree? Please tell me it’s not rock, paper, scissors or selection by puppy.”
Puppies are cute, but they don’t decide the winner. Here’s how it works…The guest judges decide which TEAM wins and which TEAM loses. But then the Brother of the losing team ultimately decides who goes home. For the finale episode, Jonathan and Drew decide the winner of the series together. They go through a recap of each of the episodes throughout the season including the finale, and then choose the person they think should win. They have never disagreed so far, but the rules of the show make the brother whose team won the tie-breaking vote for the finale.

Why do you think Jonathan and Drew ultimately chose Melissa as the winner?
I truly think they liked her design sensibilities, teamwork, sense of humor, and work ethic. It was a close call but in the end they thought she contributed just a bit more than Eric.

What was the funniest or most memorable moment from the filming of the finale?
In all honesty, poor Hilary had a terrible eye infection in her right eye, so if you watch the show closely or carefully you’ll notice that her head is turned in a profile for the entire show! I felt terrible for her at the time, but now that I watch the series I’m blown away by the fact that she was brilliant enough to keep her head angled of the whole evaluation!

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

Brother vs Brother
Jul 14

Brother Vs. Brother: Did the Right Contestant Win?

Now that the second season of Brother Vs. Brother is officially over, it’s time to weigh in: Did you agree with Drew and Jonathan’s choice?

Brother Vs. Brother Final Elimination

Watch JD’s interview with the winner, then weigh in below.

Watch the Winner’s Interview

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