Liz Gray

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Aug 18

Brother Vs. Brother: Episode 5 Scorecard

It’s week five of Brother Vs. Brother, and that means there’s just one week left before the very first series champion is crowned. With Team Jonathan one man down, they had to fight even harder this week to stay in the game.

Jonathan and Drew Joking
On the set, things are getting a little bit heated…both between the teams and the brothers.

Don't Choke, Bro - Brother Vs. Brother on HGTV

Find out this episode’s highs and lows. Plus, did Team Jonathan even the score, or did they lose another teammate? Read on to find out.


Posted at 11:00 pm

Aug 16

Peek Inside the Brother Vs. Brother Control Truck

We mostly see Jonathan, Drew and their teams on camera, but there is a whole crew of people behind the scenes making this show happen — 136 people, to be exact! Aside from the producers and camera operators inside the houses, there’s also a crew stationed outside.

You may have spotted a white box truck hanging out next to the houses: It might look like any other delivery truck, but it’s actually the show’s control truck, where the director and producers review the footage as it happens.

Inside the Control Truck

Jonathan Mugs for the Camera

Our behind-the-scenes reporter Dan Collopy got a look inside the truck — see what he found.


Aug 16

Francis’ Top 10 Brother Vs. Brother Moments

Love him or hate him, you’ve gotta admit: Francis was fun to watch. He may be gone, but his dance moves, outbursts and spontaneous hugs will live on. Here are 10 reasons we’re glad Francis was part of the Brother Vs. Brother cast.

Francis At Elimination

1.)  He enunciates his words.

Brother Vs Brother Contestant Francis: No Countertops?!
2.)  He wears his heart on his sleeve…

Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis at Elimination

3.) …and never hides how he really feels. Team Drew wins again!?

Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis

4.) He knows how to work and have fun. I thought only people in stock photography had this much fun while painting. I was so, so wrong.
Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis
5.) He’s not afraid to show affection. After days spent on one hardwood floor, Mark obviously needed a hug.

Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis
6.) He’s got the confidence of two men. And the swagger to prove it.

Brother VS. Brother Contestant Francis
7.) He’s got some killer dance moves. They help him pick paint colors.

Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis
8. He loves sponges? Can’t. Stop. Watching.

Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis
9. He helps Jonathan keep clean. Francis to Jonathan: “Don’t dirt your shirt!”

Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Francis
10. He even waves goodbye in style. Toodle-oo, Francis!

Brother Vs. Brother Contestants Francis and Mark
See more of Francis in his behind-the-scenes video and his tell-all exit interview. What were your favorite Francis moments on Brother Vs. Brother? Weigh in in the comments below.

Posted at 12:25 pm

Aug 14

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 4

Each week, I chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and what you didn’t see on the show. This week: What was up with the tension on Team Jonathan? Read Loren’s take.

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 4

Things seemed super-tense in the Team Jonathan house this week. Was it that bad in person? 
It was tense this week! The personalities in Team Jonathan really started to clash when exhaustion set in. Francis and Torche were barely communicating with Mark and vice versa, and even Jonathan started to get frustrated and short tempered. That said, when Francis was sent home, Mark and Torche had a private moment with him, and everyone ended on good terms. They were sad to see him go home.

What was your favorite or most memorable on-set moment from this week’s show?
Somehow Francis’ artwork was left out overnight in the rain and got soaking wet!  It was an awful moment in the real world, and luckily the painting recovered well enough that no one really noticed, but we all felt really bad for him.

What made Jonathan ultimately decide to send Francis home?
I think that when Jonathan made a ‘pro’ and ‘con’ list he just thought that Mark and Torche would make the most well-rounded team between Torche’s hands-on skills, and Mark’s real estate and architecture background. Even though Francis was a delight to have on set, I think Jonathan thought that his taste was less consistent than the others (remember the green paint in episode 1?), so he was a bigger risk. That’s just my interpretation…and how it felt for me as an observer on set.

A guest on the blog asks, “Despite the drama and the strong personalities of all of the contestants, I have a feeling it’ll literally get down to the wire as to the winner. What happens if there’s a tie???”
Let’s just put it this way…there’s never a clear-cut winner or loser in this show because we’re dealing with such talented individuals. However, I can promise you that there’s only ONE $50,000 winner at the end of the season!

Nancy on the blog asks, “What does a person have to do to become part of a team?”
Great question!  We are going to start casting in a few weeks, so continue to check for more information!

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below.

Posted at 10:37 am

Aug 11

Brother Vs. Brother: Episode 4 Scorecard

Let’s talk Brother Vs. Brother episode four.  When we left the contestants in episode three, they were halfway through a four-day remodel and each team was down a player. (Aww, no more Inez or Christy.) That leaves us with six players left to finish eight contestants’ work.

Brother Vs. Brother Teams Episode 4

Team Drew is tackling the living room, laundry room and kitchen of their home, while Team Jonathan is focused on the kitchen, living room and dining room.
See What Happened + Who Went Home

Aug 6

Brother Vs. Brother: Inside Episode Three

We all know that Drew and Jonathan can get pretty competitive. As identical twins, they’ve been competing their whole lives, and they each know the other’s strengths and weaknesses better than anyone. “He knows what I’m thinking. But I know what he’s thinking,” Drew jokes. Drew also knows exactly when to strike:

Drew Slaps Jonathan

As we count down to the finale, things are starting to get a little heated — for the brothers and the contestants. “They now realize that this isn’t just a game…there’s a lot of money on the line,” Jonathan says.But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fun happening behind the scenes.

Jonathan Kicks Sign

See why each brother thinks their team will win, plus what they’re looking for in the very first Brother Vs. Brother champion.


Aug 6

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 3

Each week, I chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and what goes into the making of the show. This week: What do you do when it rains on your television shoot? And are the brothers supposed to be helping out with the remodels or not? Loren weighs in.

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother

Drew and Jonathan Scott prep for a shot under their (matching!) umbrellas.

What was the funniest or most memorable moment from the set of this episode? 
The most memorable moment in this episode actually has more to do with the weather than the contestants.  It was POURING rain for the entire first day so we were all drowned rats on set!  It was not my favorite day of shooting…I’ll put it that way.

What made you decide to turn this makeover into a two-part episode?
We decided to make this one a two-parter since we did a “weekend warrior” challenge last week.  I was curious to see how much more work/value could be accomplished in four days versus two.  The other reason was that the brothers wanted to make sure that their teams had the best of the best for the upcoming finale, so it was a good idea for them to narrow their teams down to only the strongest players. A two-part episode accomplished both of our objectives.

Debbie from Michigan (@debbiefrommich) asks: Are the brothers supposed to help their teams during the challenge? I noticed that they typically only help at the end. What are the guidelines?
Good question, Debbie. This was a struggle for us when we were developing the show, because we wanted the brothers to be active participants in their teams, but also be good judges of who are the strongest competitors since it is a competition show. We figured the best way to do this was to have them around at the beginning of the challenge, then again for a mid-process check-in, and then for the final 1/2 day to help out any way they could. This way they were able to help out and observe at the same time.

How many camera operators are typically located in each home during the work day? Do they interact with the cast at all or just stand back and capture the action? 
We usually have 2-3 cameras at each house at any given time. Additionally we have two producers in each house.  Our contestants do not interact with the cameras or crew unless they need to tell them something pertinent (like if they need to use the restroom) or if they are hungry. Otherwise, we like to keep the contestants “in the game” and not on a social level with the crew members who are surrounding them.

What do you want to know about the show? Ask Loren your Brother Vs. Brother questions in the comments below.

Posted at 1:04 pm

Aug 4

Brother Vs. Brother: Best Moments From Episode 3

Another week, another set of remodeling challenges (and drama!) on Brother Vs. Brother.  This week, the stakes got even higher: The teams have four days to pull of their biggest-ever home improvements. The catch? Each brother will eliminate one team member halfway through the project, leaving the rest to pick up the slack.  See what you missed, and who went home.

Brother Vs. Brother Team Jonathan

Team Jonathan earned their first win during last week’s challenge, so Jonathan was feeling, well, just a little bit confident this week:

But Team Drew had some tricks up their sleeve, too.

After two straight appraisal challenge losses (and lots of embarrassment for real estate agent Brett), Team Drew’s value estimate was the closest this week.


Jul 28

Brother Vs. Brother: Episode 2 Scorecard

Many HGTV fans (including me!) are weekend warriors: We try to accomplish even the most intense remodeling projects between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. It’s not easy for a remodeling novice like me, but what can a pro do in that kind of time frame? That’s what Drew and Jonathan set out to learn in the second installment of Brother Vs. Brother. Each team has 48 hours to add as much value as possible a house in Granada Hills, Calif.

Fresh off their first win, Team Drew was feeling pretty confident. But even one woman down, did Team Jonathan pull it off?

Jonathan Scott Hair Gel

Here’s what went down — and the best, worst and most cringe-worthy moments from tonight’s show.


Jul 26

Coming Soon: Online Videos With Star’s Jeribai Tascoe

HGTV Star fans, we hear you. You’ve been commenting all season about how much you love Jeribai’s practical DIY skills and polished designs. So many of you showed your support for Jeribai in our online Fan Vote, too: After hundreds of thousands of votes were cast, the final tally had Anne and Jeribai within about a thousand of one another. They clearly both have passionate fan followings!

We really like Jeribai and want to acknowledge all the people who want more of him, so we’re going to give him his own online video showcase. You’ll see more from Jeribai right here on soon.

Jeribai Tascoe - HGTV Star Contestant

To tide you over, here are some of his best designs from HGTV Star. He made an early impression with his brilliantly-branded wallpaper in the show’s season premiere:

Jeribai Tacoe - HGTV Star Episode 1 Design
Jeribai wowed the judges again during the show’s apartment-decorating challenge when he painted what judge Vern Yip called “the best stripes I’ve ever seen on the show.”

And he showcased his DIY skills once more with a brilliantly-executed backsplash during the Star kitchen challenge.


Browse more of Jeribai’s best designs, then tell us: What would you like to see from Jeribai’s showcase on


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