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Jul 1

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 4

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: Was Adi really that calm? And, what was behind the team switcheroo decision? Read on to find out.

Blog reader Deb asks, “Are there safety rules the contestants are required to follow while working in the homes? I see a lot of jewelry (on both genders) that would not have been allowed on construction projects I managed years ago. That got me wondering more about safety in general.”
You better believe it! We are fanatical about safety on our set. Goggles and masks must be warn when appropriate, and we have a general contractor on site making sure that no one is operating any equipment in a way that seem obviously dangerous. It’s always my personal goal to have an injury-free season.

Jonathan and Peggy on Brother Vs. Brother Episode 4 Set

Peggy and Jonathan Demo Their Colonial Home

Moving Rick to Team Drew was quite the twist! What was behind the decision to even out the teams? How did the teams adjust to the change?
This decision came purely from Drew and Jonathan. They didn’t want ‘gameplay’ to take the place of a good fair competition. So instead of having terribly unbalanced teams, they wanted all of the contestants to have an equal chance of proving themselves. I have to say that I agreed wholeheartedly with their decision to do this.

Team Drew Scott on Brother Vs. Brother Season 2

The New Team Drew: Melissa, Eric, Rick

Did the two homes have an identical layout? The upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms had many of the same features.
They were basically the same home.  There were some differences in finishes, etc., but for all intents and purposes they were extremely similar to each other.

Adi’s leg wound looked pretty serious, but he appeared to handle it amazingly well. Was he that calm and cool on the set?
Ironically, no. There’s one shot in the show where he looks strangely calm, but in reality I think he was about to faint! He did recover quickly, but it was tense there for a moment!

What was the most memorable or funniest moment from the set of episode four?
It’s a very little thing but my favorite moment was shooting our web tosses with JD and the Brothers. There were outtakes galore, and often we needed to reshoot perfectly good takes because the crew was laughing so hard.

JD Scott Interview Brothers Jonathan and Drew

JD Scott Interview Brothers Jonathan and Drew

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

Jul 1

Exit Interview: Team Jonathan Dwindles Down

At the end of the fourth challenge, Team Jonathan was ultimately TWO team members down. First, Team Jonathan lost Rick to Team Drew, then the challenge loss meant they’d have to face elimination. Unfortunately, Stayce was sent home. This week, Peggy and Adi will have to work harder than ever as a team.

Brother Vs. Brother Season 2 Stayce

Jonathan and Stayce — high five!

JD catches up with Stayce after the elimination. Hear what she has to say about leaving the competition and about the Team Jonathan dynamic.

Watch Stayce’s Exit Interview >>

Jun 30

Brother Vs. Brother Behind the Scenes: Episode 4

Going into the fourth challenge, Team Jonathan was leading the competition two to one. Not only that, but Team Jonathan had a team of four heading into the colonial remodel, compared to Team Drew’s team of two. To even the playing field, the bros let Team Drew members Melissa and Eric pluck a member from Team Jonathan.

Brother Vs. Brother Behind the Scenes

Drew, Jonathan and JD Scott

Online host and older brother JD Scott dives into the team swap and why Team Drew chose Rick. Plus, see how Team Jonathan really felt about the loss of their teammate. Take a look:

Go Behind the Scenes of Episode 4

Jun 30

Peek Inside the Contestants’ Notebooks – Episode 204

Another week, another set of revealing behind-the-scenes looks into the contestants’ private notebooks. This week, Team Jonathan was delivered a curve ball when the hosts agreed to send a even out the teams by sending someone to Drew’s squad. Team Drew chose Rick, leaving it an even three on three.
Brother Vs. Brother Notebooks Episode 204

Eager to find a place on Team Drew, Rick took on the budget for this challenge, as well as the colonial home’s guest bedroom. You can see his initial spending breakdowns, below:

Team Drew Budget - Brother Vs. Brother on HGTV

Having conquered a kitchen, living room and master suite, Melissa took on the home’s horribly dated master bathroom. Here, she sketches out her design plan:

Bath Drawing - Brother Vs. Brother - Team Drew

Perennial bathroom fixer Eric decided to transform the home’s master bedroom into a glamorous, Old Hollywood-style space. Here’s the sketch that started it all:

Master Bedroom Floor Plan - Team Drew - Brother Vs. Brother

Over on Team Jonathan, the unexpected loss of a teammate left them all reeling. Another (literal) blow? Adi was injured while removing the (ugly green) carpet in the home’s master bathroom.

Brother Vs. Brother - Team Jonathan - Adi

On the mend, he realized that Team Drew regards him as a tough competitor:

Team Jonathan - Adi - Brother Vs. Brother

To see the finished renovations from both houses, check out our recap photo gallery.

Jun 25

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 3

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: Why Craftsman homes? And, did Drew send the right contestants home? Read on to find out.

Brother Vs. Brother Producer With Property Brothers and Love it Or List It Hosts

Old houses have tons of character, but tend to have more underlying problems than newer properties, like the knob and tube wiring in Team Jonathan’s house. What made you choose these properties for the episode?
I always try to listen to our viewers, and last year I received a bunch of emails asking us to shake up the types of properties featured in Brother vs Brother for this season, so we decided a great way to do that would be to show Craftsman homes, ranchers, tract homes, bungalows, etc.  We had no idea that this particular home would have so many issues below the surface, so it was as much of a surprise to me as it was to Team Jonathan.

Sadly, Drew had to eliminate Six and Thomas! Why do you think he chose Eric and Melissa as the two team members going forward?
Drew thought that Eric and Melissa worked really well together, so they made a natural fit going forward. Six is incredibly talented, but was becoming more of a lone wolf, and Thomas was starting to seem exhausted from the competition, so ultimately, I think he made the right choice. Do you?

What was your favorite behind-the-scenes or funny moment from the set of episode three?
This was probably our most intense episode of the whole season. Hilary and David took forever to crunch their numbers because they were so incredibly close.  One house had more aesthetic qualities, the other was more impressive behind-the-walls. We’ve never had that dichotomy before, so it was a long and tiresome conversation to determine the values of these properties. In the end, Jonathan eeked out the win, but all of us behind the scenes were on the ends of our seats! I have to say, I was surprised that Jonathan won this one.  Based on purely visual spaces, I liked Drew’s house more, but that’s what makes this competition so exciting to watch!  On a lighter note, we had a lot of inappropriate ‘rooster’ jokes behind-the-scenes.  I will leave those to your imagination.

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

Jun 24

Exit Interviews: It’s Double Elimination Time

Brother Vs Brother Third Elimination

Left: Team Jonathan | Right: Team Drew

I really hope you all have caught up, because there’s a spoiler coming your way. Sunday’s episode of Brother Vs. Brother brought a whole different set of challenges to the contestants; they had not only the stress of the renovation on their hands, but the worry of a double elimination on their shoulders, too. One team is heading into the fourth challenge with a crew of four, while the other is left with two.

Online host and older brother JD Scott was on set during and after the double elimination to chat with both contestants about their time on the show and thoughts on going home. And for the first time in Brother Vs. Brother history, a contestant actually volunteered to leave. Find out all the details:

Watch Team Drew’s Double Exit Interviews >>

Jun 23

Brother Vs. Brother Behind the Scenes: Episode 3

Double elimination means double the stress on both Team Jonathan and Team Drew. With not just one but TWO people heading home after the third challenge, tensions were higher than ever during the renovations.

Drew, JD and Jonathan Scott - Brother Vs. Brother on HGTV

Drew, JD and Jonathan Scott

Online host and older brother JD Scott was on the set to capture the tension and all the behind-the-scenes drama. Take a look…

Go Behind the Scenes of Episode 203

Jun 22

Peek Inside the Contestants’ Notebooks – Episode 203

Last week, we gave you the first look inside the contestants’ personal notebooks. Ready for another look? This week, see early sketches of rival kitchens. Plus: Contestants react to the challenge and the daunting double elimination.

Brother Vs. Brother - Inside the Contestants' Notebooks

Go Inside Episode 203 (Spoiler Alert!)

Jun 18

Sneak Peek: Get Ready for Episode 3 of Brother Vs. Brother

It’s 4 on 4 as the competition gets tougher on Brother vs. Brother. It’s an even one win to one between Team Jonathan…

Team Jonathan

…and Team Drew.

Team Drew on Brother Vs. Brother

Team Drew

But, a twist in episode three will give this episode’s winning team a HUGE advantage. Read on to find out more and get a sneak peek of this weeks’ remodels.

Watch a Sneak Peek of Episode 3

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!

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