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.
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.
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With Team Jonathan’s first loss comes its first loss of a teammate, as well. The first to go? Joe.
His ambitious plan to build a huge built-in cabinet and a kitchen island in just three days was his downfall. “You have to finish everything you start…I love Joe’s ideas, I love everything he does, but he just takes on too much,” mentor Jonathan says.
“Building a cabinet like that in three days is ludicrous, and I still did it. I shouldn’t have,” Joe says. Joe’s elimination means that the “team within a team” he formed with his brother, Rick, is no more. Of course, Rich took Joe’s elimination pretty hard. “I don’t think Joe deserves to go home. He’s the reason why I got into this competition, ” Rick says.
See JD Scott’s full interview with Rick, Joe, Jonathan and the whole team.
Watch Rick’s Exit Interview >>
Even with tight remodeling deadlines, the Scott Brothers always make time for a little fun on set. This week, Drew and Jonathan pulled a classic twin prank: The ol’ switcheroo!
Behind-the-Scenes Reporter JD Interviews the Real Drew
Older bro JD wasn’t fooled, but he was on set to capture the behind-the-scenes fun. See his recap of the swap after the jump.
Go Behind the Scenes of Episode 2
A lot of planning, sketching and budgeting goes into every remodel you see on Brother Vs. Brother. This season, we wanted to give you an inside look into the contestants’ planning process. So, we armed each team with a set of HGTV notebooks. They filled them with shopping lists, design sketches, paint chips, diary entries and more.
Each week, we’ll share a few fun photos from the notebooks after the show. This week: Behind the scenes on Team Jonathan!
Team Jonathan won big in the last episode, leaving them feeling super-confident going into this week’s challenge. Here’s what Adi had to say on Day 1 of this week’s work:
After last week’s fireplace victory, Joe decided to take on two big construction projects: A kitchen island and a built-in bookcase. Here’s his pre-build sketch:
Melissa was in charge of the team’s budget, but she did a poor job dividing the money between the necessary projects, leaving the team to work with salvaged and second-hand materials to finish on time. After the end of the challenge, Peggy reflected on the budget snafu:
Come back next week for more behind-the-scenes peeks into the contestants’ notebooks. And see all the designs from last night’s episode here.
With a win under his belt, Jonathan walks into the second challenge feeling pretty confident. This week on Brother Vs. Brother, the teams makeover cottage homes with a handful of problems to fix. Team Drew faces issues on the budget end, while Team Jonathan finds themselves entangled in way too many projects that may or may not get completed in time. In the end, only one team can win the week’s challenge and one person must pack their bags.
Watch the Sneak Peek Video
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.
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!
Episode one was a little weird because there wasn’t an elimination per se. An hour into the challenge, Team Drew member Drea Clark had to withdraw from the competition due to illness. It looked like Team Jonathan already had an edge on his brother and the renos were just getting started. Drea packed her bags and headed home without even getting to showcase her stellar design skills. We’re sorry we didn’t get to see you compete, Drea.
Watch Drea’s Exit Interview
Online host JD Scott interviews Peggy Tart and Melissa Roche.
As you know, there’s one more Scott brother to love this season. Online host and older bro JD Scott will be bringing you all the behind-the-scenes action after each episode. This week, we’re diving into team dynamics. The stakes are high, the clock is ticking and each person has their own skills to share. Can everyone get along or will the pressure create renovation tension? Take a look.
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The brothers are back for another round of Brother Vs. Brother action. Team Drew took the first season, but it’s anyone’s game this time around. Tonight, we met the 10 new contestants competing for the $50,000 prize. (Get to know Team Jonathan and Team Drew.)
This season’s first challenge let Drew and Jonathan hit the reset button on last year’s premiere. It’s a tale of two tired ranch houses. So, which brother’s team nailed the renovation? To decide which team added more value, your other favorite HGTV duo served as this week’s judges: Hilary Farr and David Visentin from Love it or List It.
So, which bro’s home would them, ahem, love to list? Read on for an episode recap (SPOILER ALERT!) or watch the full episode here right now.
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Are you all ready for six straight weeks of these guys? We are!
Sunday, June 8 is the long-awaited season two premiere of Brother Vs. Brother, a show that dives into sibling rivalry and dusty home renos. So, if you haven’t already, go ahead and add a date with Drew and Jonathan to your calendar this Sunday at 9/8c SHARP.
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