Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jun 17

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 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. This week: All about episode 2.

Brother Vs. Brother Stars Drew and Jonathan Scott With Flip or Flop Hosts

Jonathan, Loren, “Flip or Flop” stars Christina and Tarek, Drew

Blog reader Diana Howard asks, “How do you choose the houses they use in the show?”
We have a fantastic Locations team that searches for great houses and homeowners.  We usually start our search for homeowners on our Be On HGTV page, and then narrow down our search from there. For Brother vs Brother all of the homeowners are in the LA area, but this is also a great resource for people all around the country who want to be on our other shows as well.

Blog reader suecogswell asks, “Having all three brothers together, how much work actually gets done?”
The brothers are workhorses, so a lot of work actually gets done.  However, they are also practical jokers (as is evident in episode 2) so there are also a lot of laughs on set!  JD was a great addition to the show, and loosened everyone up with his fun and casual behind-the-scenes interviews.

Melissa struggled with the budget this week. Is there a producer who helps to manage the budget from behind-the-scenes, or is it totally up to the contestants?
Great question!  Because it’s a competition, it’s up to the teams to manage their own budgets.  However, we have producers making sure that they are adding all of their costs up correctly and staying within budget.

Any other fun or memorable moments from episode 2 on set?
Team Drew’s house was in pretty bad shape before they got around to remodeling it.  I remember several of the contestants saying they were afraid to use one of the bathrooms because it felt like Dexter had spent time in it! We laughed a lot about that.

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

Posted at 2:00 pm

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  1. Several times in Episode 2, the judges commented that some of the work was unfinished (the kitchen island and the entertainment cabinet, no washer and drier in the bathroom) and it was apparent to the TV audience that the work was a bit rough. Does anyone from the show go back to these homes and finish anything that wasn't completed or wasn't done correctly?

    Janice on June 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    • Great question…yes, the Brothers insist that we send crews back to make sure everything is perfect for the homeowners!

      Loren on June 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm
  2. I was shocked that Drew's house won…with that kitchen??? Those subway tiles were poorly organized and the cabinets and appliances looked cheap. The kitchen that Team Jonathon did was fabulous. As for the rest of the changes in both houses, I think the new dining room, even with its unsecured built-in was a much nicer improvement than the master bathroom with it's open laundry area.

    Nancy on June 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  3. interested in being on the show for a kitchen remoldel

    susan first on June 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm
  4. Ugh! Could not find episode 2 to tape, on-demand or on web. This is almost enough to out my hair out!

    paula on June 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm
  5. Ever going to do a camper/ t.v. remodel? I need ideas.

    corey furkin on June 23, 2014 at 11:02 am