Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jun 10

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 1

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. This week: All about episode 1.

Brother Vs. Brother on HGTV

As a stylist and builder, Drea seemed like a great asset to Team Drew. What was the mood like when the team found out she had to go home?
This was probably one of the saddest moments from the whole season.  Drea never even got a chance to prove herself because she was so sick, and the illness literally hit her within the first five minutes of shooting. Plus, her absence put her team at a disadvantage so it was sad and difficult all the way around. Everyone just felt awful for her.

How did you find the brothers, Rick and Joe? Did they try out together? 
They actually tried out together for another show we are debuting this summer called Flipping the Block but their skills were so perfectly suited for Brother vs Brother that we asked them if they’d mind competing as individuals instead of as a team.

Which house or design element looked better in person? Worse?
Hard to say, really.  So much is personal preference.  I was personally a bigger fan of Team Drew’s design, but that might just be because it reflected more of my own personal design style.

Six and Eric had a pretty tense moment when he asked her to stop working on the bathroom. Was it that tense in person?
Yes! Tense is an understatement. It didn’t play as tense on TV as it felt in person.

Favorite on-set moment from the premiere?
My favorite moment was when we shot the Show Open. It was basically a chance to see Jonathan and Drew live out their dreams to be super heroes.  They were flying through the air, doing their own stunts and acrobatics, and basically shooting an action adventure film right in front of our eyes! See photos from the show open shoot here. 

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


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  1. Love the Scott brothers in all the shows they do, but I wish I saw less "for TV impact" demo (like kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, fixtures, etc) and more dontations of those items that may be old, but still in good shape to organizations like Habitat for Humanity! Why throw away cabinets, appliances, fixtures that could be used by someone else? And if you do donate….show it on the show so others will understand the importance of approaching flipping with an eye for saving and donating vs. destruction!

    Michelle on June 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm
  2. Episode 2, aired 6/15: Could you tell me what color paint was used in the living room of Team Drew's house? (The gray walls?)

    Susan on June 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm
  3. Just curious as to how you pick the places you are going to remodel ? I love this show :)

    chris on June 16, 2014 at 11:56 am
  4. Does the show go back in and fix up any mistakes or unfinished projects for the homeowners or do they have to live with it?

    Simone Goyeneche on June 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm
  5. When they don't complete the projects or leave tile off the bathroom wall of the shower area, do you go back and finish up these items of the homes after the taping? Such as the home with the entertainment center not being finished on the sides of the center. And the tile work in the bathroom of the craftsmen home not being installed due to lack of funds.

    Anita on June 23, 2014 at 12:47 am