Each week, I chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite on-set moments and what you didn’t see on TV. Here’s his behind-the-scenes take on the show’s premiere.
Jonathan and Drew seem like natural practical jokers. Were there any good pranks on the set?
They are total pranksters, and constantly making everyone on set laugh. My favorite joke was one that never happened, but would have been hilarious. He wanted to make his team dress in plaid to make fun of Jonathan’s obsession with the pattern. It never happened because we didn’t have two extra seconds to go out shopping for plaid, but it does show what a great sense of humor these guys have.
What made you decide to put such tight time constraints on the two teams?
Great question, and one that I may re-think for future seasons! We thought it would be interesting to see just how much value could be added on very short timelines (like a weekend). We ended up with incredible results, but there were several challenges that I wish we had an extra day or two…so next year, don’t be surprised if you see a few four or five day challenges instead of the shorter ones.
Were there any features in the two houses that looked better (or worse) than it did on camera?
In this episode, I would say that what you saw was pretty representative of what it looked like live. However, Team Drew’s kitchen may have been even more beautiful in person, and Team Jonathan’s kitchen color may have been slightly worse — if possible!
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