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!
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 HGTV.com 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.