Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Aug 5

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Episode 3

You know him from Brother Vs. Brother and Design Star — now go behind the scenes of the all-new competition series Flipping the Block with producer Loren Ruch. Each week, he’ll share his favorite behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show!

Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott on the Flipping the Block Set

Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott on Set

What did the neighbors of The Block think about having an HGTV show filming on their street?
We tried to be very respectful of the neighbors, so we tried to stay off of their front lawns, and not have crew members be disrespectful in any way.  However, I’m sure we drove a few of them crazy because we created quite a traffic jam for about two solid months when we were shooting between our equipment, crew and cameras!

David Bromstad Builds a Bookshelf on Set

David Bromstad Builds a Bookshelf on Set

John and Whitney won David’s help during the kitchen challenge. How did the other teams react to the Black Team’s advantage? Everyone was really jealous because they know how talented David is. They also were a little bit envious for the sheer fact that they all like David so much. In addition to being the mentor in this episode, he was also our behind-the-scenes digital reporter so they really knew David very well and enjoyed the time they got to spend with him.

Scott McGillivray - Judge on HGTV's Flipping the Block

Scott McGillivray and His Infamous Notebook

On Scott’s second visit to the set, the contestants are starting to dread seeing his little black notebook. What does he write inside during the judging?
That notebook scared the heck out of all the contestants because Scott took a TON of notes about the quality of the work, the jobs that weren’t finished correctly, value assessments of various repairs and renovations, and more.  He basically was keeping track of the contestants throughout the season.

Flipping the Block - Behind the Scenes at HGTV

A Rare Night Off For the Flipping the Block Cast and Crew

Were there any days off throughout the filming of the series? If so, were the contestants allowed to leave the set individually or as a group?
We had Sundays off so that the contestants could catch up on sleep, get their hair done, go to the supermarket, etc. Other than that we were shooting 24/7. This is a fun picture of Josh Temple, myself, Scott McGillivary and our Executive Producer Megan Bidner out for a rare night out on the town!

Do you have a favorite funny or behind-the-scenes moment from episode 3?
This was the episode where teams started to really build momentum because they finally had quality kitchens to cook in! Anicka and Shauna were quite the chefs. They would make steak dinners at night and be the envy of all the others in terms of their culinary skills!

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

Posted at 4:59 pm

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  1. I just finished watching episode 3 of Flipping the Block – I am not impressed with the contractors who are assisting the groups. The cabinets in the kitchen that didn't reach the ceiling was an amateur mistake. Have you considered replacing them, yet.

    shuriryu on August 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm
    • at hgtv could the teams fire those contractors and shop for others?..if not, that's not how real life works.

      blufire on August 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm
      • IF YOU HAVE EVER DONE THIS SORT OF WORK, YOU WOULD KNOW THIS…CONTRACTORS ARE NOT JUST STANDING IN LINE OUTSIDE OF A PROJECT WAITING FOR YOUR CALL. THE LAST TIME I NEEDED ONE (I WAS PAYING CASH) IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO GET THE GOOD CONTRACTOR I WANTED, WITH GREAT REFERENCES, BOOKED FOR MY PROJECT !

        TAZZIZME on August 11, 2014 at 9:43 am
    • SO…WHERE WAS THE COUPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE WATCHING THE CONTRACTOR??? DAH…YOUR PROJECT…YOU SHOULD BE THERE ! ! ! THEY SCREWED UP…THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE WHILE WORK WAS BEING DONE.

      TAZZIZME on August 11, 2014 at 9:46 am
  2. Amanda's hair is really starting to bother me. did anyone check it periodically to make sure something hadn't nested in there? Does she ever brush the tangles out? And Curtis is just a slob.

    k marie on August 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    • Personal attacks from behind a computer screen…classy.

      B Lee on August 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm
    • hehe i'm thinking same thing. seriously. they are gross.

      butterflyblossom on August 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm
    • DID YOU NOT NOTICE…IT'S NOT A FASHION SHOW…THINK YOU MAY BE ON THE WRONG CHANNEL OR WATCHING THE WRONG SHOW ! OR HAVE YOU LOOKED IN A MIRROR DURING A LONG DAY OF PHYSICAL LABOR OR DO YOU NOT DO THAT…PHYSICAL LABOR ?

      TAZZIZME on August 11, 2014 at 9:37 am
      • Painted all the baseboards and trim in my house recently, painted wrought iron fence on July 4 and garage door trim last week, after working 5-6 days a week at my job. And I wear a bandana and a ponytail to keep the hair out of the way. Just saying it's a mess and a safety hazard.

        K Marie on August 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  3. I like Design Star better. Any chance of that returning? How about Color Splash??

    Rita on August 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm
  4. Worse show you have ever come up with, appears no one actually does any of the work,it's baloney

    Don juan on August 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm
  5. I LOVE THIS SHOW ! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE ON THIS PROGRAM ? I KNOW MY BROTHER & I WOULD HAVE A BLAST DOING A PROJECT LIKE THIS. WE TRY TO WATCH ALL THE RENOVATION SHOWS ON SEVERAL CHANNELS & WE LOVE THEM ALL. WE HAVE BEEN IN & AROUND CONSTRUCTION ALL OF OR LIVES, IT'S EXCITING PLUS REWARDING, DIRTY AND VERY TOUGH, BUT SO GRATIFIYING & SATISFYING ! ! ! A GOOD, HARD DAYS WORK IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. THANKS FOR A GREAT SHOW !

    TAZZIZME on August 11, 2014 at 9:33 am
  6. I CANNOT BELIEVETHAT THE BROTHERS DID NOT WIN FOR THEIR PATIO. THEIR YARD WAS AS GOOD EVERYONE ELSES , BUT THEIR PATIO ROOF WAS REALLY ABOVE EVERYONE ELSES. THE EXTRA WORK THEY DID.

    A STEWART on August 12, 2014 at 1:32 am
    • Wrong episode. But I agree.

      Miles on August 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm