Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jun 3

Ask the Bro Vs. Bro Producer: What’s New in Season 2?

Each week all season long, I’ll 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 what to expect in season 2. Brother Vs. Brother season two premieres this Sunday, June 8, at 9/8c. Don’t miss it!

Brother Vs. Brother Producer Loren Ruch With Drew, David, Hilary and Jonathan

Brother Vs. Brother Producer Loren Ruch With HGTV Stars Drew, David, Hilary and Jonathan

What criteria did you use to choose this season’s contestants? How are they different from last year’s cast?
This year we wanted to find as many contestants with Jonathan’s and Drew’s skill sets as possible, so we have contractors, real estate experts, home flippers, interior designers and even a very talented design student! We thought that variety would be the key to finding balanced and competitive teams.

It seems like the team members reflect Jonathan and Drew’s personalities. How involved are Jonathan and Drew in choosing their teams?
The guys are very involved in assembling their teams. At HGTV, we will narrow down candidates to our top sixty or so, and then the brothers will assemble the teams that they think reflect them most from those candidates. This year, they didn’t disappoint!

How do Jonathan and Drew differ when it comes to mentoring their teams? Which one is more hands-on?
They are very different actually. In my opinion Drew takes a bit more of a tough love approach, where as Jonathan seems to be a little more hands-on. I think this has to do with their backgrounds. Drew is a true businessman, and Jonathan loves to work with his hands, so they use their real-world skill sets when they mentor their teams. What they both have in common is a genuine passion for this show and a ton of respect for their teams.

Give us some hints…what’s coming up this season on Brother Vs. Brother?
Sure! This season is really fun because we have a huge variety of home styles that the contestants get to work on. So, whether you are a fan of ranch homes, Colonials, tract homes, or even Craftsmans, you’ll get your fill! Also, the teams this year are so incredibly handy! They take on more in two or three days than some people take on in a year.

Drew and Jonathan’s older brother JD joins the cast this season as the behind-the-scenes reporter. What was it like having the whole family on set?
JD is a rock star! I love having him on set. He’s incredibly funny, warm, and the contestants loved him. He also gave viewers a chance to really see some of the fun and hijinks that takes place behind the scenes!

What was the funnest “brothers” moment during the filming?
By far, it was in episode 2. I don’t want to give it away, but if you’re a fan of Freaky Friday, you’ll laugh your face off!

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

Posted at 4:35 pm

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  1. Hm…a Freaky Friday moment definitely sounds interesting. Curious though…do you mean the one with Jamie Lee Curtis & Lindsay Lohan, or the one with a young Jodie Foster? Both are awesome though. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. :)

    missjessicamezo on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm
  2. Hey Bros, I love your show,and I can't wait to see your brother on the show! Be Bless

    Joy on June 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm
  3. Property Brothers is my favorite show! I am so glad it is back for another season.

    Margaret on June 5, 2014 at 5:45 am
  4. having all three of the brothers together, how much work actually gets done? did the parents visit the set while filming ?

    suecogswell on June 6, 2014 at 9:27 am
  5. How do they choose the houses they use in the show?

    Diana Howard on June 7, 2014 at 9:26 am
  6. Why don't you donate cabinets and/or other unwanted items to Habitat for Humanity or salvage yards in all of your programs instead of destroying them?

    Nanjan on June 7, 2014 at 10:18 am
  7. they could come do my house would love that just love the show and watch it all the time and will be watching it Sunday night can`t wait to see the season 2 of Brothers Vs. Brother and welcome the new Brother JD to the show

    vickie on June 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm
  8. How can I have my house renovated on the show?
    What is involved and who pays for everything?
    We love the Scott brother's shows.

    Jamie on June 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm
  9. We need the Brothers to come to Southeast Michigan to do fixer uppers. I'd also offer my home up for a fixer -upper. Would Love It or List it adamantly.
    Would also like to know if renovators typically provide new furniture and staging as they do on Property Brothers, Love It or List it, & all the other shows on HGTV and DIY?

    Chabela1944 on June 9, 2014 at 10:06 am
  10. Will Property Brothers be coming back? That is my favorite show and I miss it!

    nolagirl1377 on June 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm