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John and Anthony of HGTV’s Cousins Undercover know how lucky they are to get to do what they love every day and help incredible people in the process. And they also know none of that would be possible without the support of their loyal fans. It is the ongoing engagement they have with each of you and your constant feedback that keeps them striving to be better and do better, always.  They can’t always give back, but they can get back in touch with the people who got them where they are today.

Because of your devotion, it has always been important to Anthony and John to make sure that their connection with you is a two-way street and with the rise of social media, these Cousins are always on call.

Want to talk with Anthony and John? Here’s how:

Facebook: This is where the majority of our fan interaction happens. Though we can’t always respond to every comment or post, we read and take each one to heart.

Why We Love It: Facebook is the single best way to get honest feedback in a snap. Your feedback about the show, the designs, content we share, and the things Anthony and John have going on in their lives keeps us on our toes and lets us instantly know how we’re doing.

What’s Next: We’re constantly posting new content on Facebook, whether it’s design inspiration, polls, or show goodies. We also have our LAST live Facebook Q&A this Sunday after the East Coast showing of the newest episode of Cousins Undercover (show airs 8pm ET, Q&A goes live immediately after at 9pm).

Twitter: What’s more instant than a tweet? Quick, concise, and real, those 140 characters push us to get to the heart of the matter.

Why We Love It: Twitter is the best place to ask us questions and get a direct response. Ask about the show, what’s going on in the Cousins’ day-to-day, and especially your design questions (use #DesignQ).

What’s Next: What we enjoy most on Twitter are the real-time conversations with our fans… especially during our live-tweet parties during the show. Join us for the next one this Sunday from 8-9pm ET @CousinsTV, @ColaneriJohn, and @CarrinoAnthony (don’t forget to use #CousinsUndercover).

Pinterest: Design people are visual people, so Pinterest really speaks our language. Follow us for design photos (and even some tips!) from all of our shows.

Why We Love It: Pinterest is the best gauge for which of the Cousins’ designs you love most. See something on one of our boards that you find inspiring, inventive, or just plain beautiful? Show us by repining it!

What’s Next: Check back every Thursday for new boards of photos from that week’s episode… and keep an eye out for fun surprises in the coming months.

Now that you know where to find them, go online and get social with the Cousins.  John and Anthony are always on call and waiting to hear from you!

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When life hands you lemons, make lemonade… or in the case of Johnny Volpe, chicken cordon bleu. The now 11-year-old did not let his cancer diagnosis define him. Rather, Johnny redefined what it means to be a cancer survivor by turning his misfortune into something truly spectacular, as you’ll see on this Sunday’s new episode of Cousins Undercover.

“Johnny is the perfect example of how positivity helps you overcome some of the hardest challenges in life…and now that he has overcome his cancer, at just 11 years old, he shares his positivity with others in the same situation he was in to try and help them through. He is a pretty remarkable kid.” – Anthony Carrino

Since his diagnosis, Johnny and his family have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer charities and cancer research, and have participated in over 20 fundraising events this year alone. But as a budding young chef, Johnny’s favorite way to raise awareness for his cause is through his love of cooking for others, and his dishes serve up much more than just inspired cuisine.

Volpe Family Portrait

During Johnny’s two-year battle with cancer, all of the Volpe family’s time, energy, and money were spent helping him beat his cancer into remission – the battle of a lifetime won by a fighter barely out of his first decade. In the process, their house was neglected and no longer reflected physically the love and warmth that defines the Volpe family. This chef-in-training, with an appetite for giving back, needed a place to hone his skills and perfect his specialty – chicken cordon bleu. After years of giving, it’s finally his time to receive.

Vinnie Volpe, and his son John Volpe who is a cancer survivor, are surprised and emotional as they see their home for the first time.

“Even though Johnny Volpe is only 11 years old, he inspires children and adults of all ages by showing them that a disease like cancer can be overcome with the support of family and the faith in yourself to succeed.” – John Colaneri

This Sunday on an all-new episode of Cousins Undercover, Anthony and John – with the help of over 70 volunteers, all of whom have been touched in some way by the Volpes – give Johnny and his family the home of their dreams (including a true chef’s kitchen for Johnny and a dedicated workspace where his mom can organize their fundraising efforts)… all in just three days. A renovation of this magnitude on that kind of deadline is a massive undertaking, but as you’ll hear the volunteers on Sunday’s episode tell you, this is but a small dent in repaying a young man and his family who have already done more for their community than could ever possibly be repaid.

Anthony and John with the many volunteers who have come to help the Volpe family.

Want to chat with John and Anthony about the show and hear their thoughts on Johnny and the Volpe family? Join our live Twitter chat during the episode @CousinsTV, @CarrinoAnthony, and @ColaneriJohn with the #CousinsUndercover hashtag. New episodes of Cousins Undercover air Sunday nights at 8/7c on HGTV.

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For those of us who played sports growing up, we know how important those days on the field were in forming the people we are today. How many of our most cherished memories begin and end with locker room mishaps, hometown rivalries, and teammates that would end up becoming lifelong friends?  Every scar has a story and every story has its exaggerated victories and defeats, and it’s these moments that come to mind first when we think back on the good old days.

But any childhood athlete knows that the most important factor on any team is the coach. The coach makes all the difference and the truly good ones – their impact lasts well beyond the scoreboard.  They’re the ones who not only teach the physical skills to play the game, but the mental and emotional skills to succeed in life.

The homeowner in this Sunday’s episode of Cousins Undercover, Coach Bob Keenan, is one of those coaches. In fact, calling him a coach hardly does justice to the role he plays in his community. Vice principal, neighbor, husband, mentor, volunteer, and father (even father figure)… he’s all those things and more to the lucky kids who can count themselves part of his ever-growing roster of second family. Bob is a true giver – of his time, his love, and of himself.

John, Anthony, and Keenan family reveal finished space to Coach Bob Keenan.

“Bob Keenan is the coach that pushes you in life to exceed beyond what you think is possible. He is a motivator and mentor that shows you through his own actions that the only to way to succeed in life is through hard work… and that family always comes first. If there was ever a person that you should emulate, it’s Bob Keenan.” – John Colaneri

Though this project was completed months ago, it’s one that Anthony and John still talk about with overwhelming emotion. The reverence they have for Coach Keenan and what he does for his community is evident in the incredible transformation his home undergoes at the hands of the Cousins. A true wrestling gym, a massive deck, and a new living room (in just THREE DAYS) are just the physical manifestations of the changes that this home makeover has brought to the Keenan family and their entire community.

Have the tissues ready, folks. It’s about to get teary-eyed up in here.  Cousins Undercover airs Sunday 8/7c on HGTV.

P.S.-Don’t forget to chat LIVE with John and Anthony during the episode on Twitter (Follow @ColaneriJohn and @CarrinoAnthony).  Then again on their Facebook page right after the show!

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Do you have an eye for renovation and real estate know-how to impress the Property Brothers? Are you a home renovation expert who can make a property more marketable in record time? Do you have what it takes to join Team Jonathan or Team Drew and battle it out for a $50,000 cash prize?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then HGTV is looking for you!

Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s Brother Vs. Brother, Property Brothers, and Buying and Selling.

Apply to be a part of Season 2 of HGTV’s hit new show, Brother vs. Brother. We’re looking for dynamic, hardworking and energetic home improvement experts who want to show America their skills! Hands-on skills a plus. To apply and for more information, visit www.castinghgtvshows.com.

But that’s not all! HGTV is also casting for a new home renovation competition show. Do you love to flip, renovate and design homes with your brother, mother, spouse or friend? Do you want the chance to win $50,000 and much more? HGTV is now casting for friends, couples or family members who renovate, design and dream big to participate in HGTV’s new renovation challenge.

Apply now to be a part of this exciting New Home Renovation Competition Series. We’re looking for dynamic and handy teams of two who think they have a superior eye for design. Although home renovation experience is a plus, it is not required. To apply and for more information, visit www.castinghgtvshows.com.

Check out the best makeovers from the Property Brothers and find out more information about appearing on many more HGTV shows, visit our Be On HGTV page.

 

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If you’re one of millions of people that start their day off with NBC’s The Today Show then you’ve probably noticed the show’s brand new look.  The set of the popular news and lifestyle program recently received a complete makeover.

The re-design was so well-received that The Today Show ran a viewer contest for a free room makeover, inspired by the set and designed with help from HGTV HOME™.

This morning our very own Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, paid a visit to hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda to reveal the winning family’s new living room (and bonus dining room).

HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott reveal Today Show viewer makeover.

Check out more from the finished makeover (and get HGTV HOME™ product info) on Pinterest.

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Guest post by Melissa Andersen, CousinsTV

As Web Content & Social Media Manager for HGTV’s Cousins, Anthony and John, I’m in the unique position to see firsthand the blood, sweat, and passion that go into each and every home renovation they tackle – whether on air or off.  When I tell people that I work with the Cousins, the first question is, nearly without fail, ‘Are they the same in real life as they are on TV?’ – and the answer is, unflinchingly, YES!

On the set of “Cousins Undercover”

 Anthony and John are the real deal – what you see is what you get. When they’re getting emotional with the people they’re helping – it’s real. When they’re stressing about a deadline or construction setback – it’s real. And when they’re laughing and joking with each other, giving us a teeny glimpse into what a meal at the Carrino/Colaneri family dinner table is like – it’s real. They’re not actors, they’re not acting, and being genuine is at the very core of who they are and what they do.

When I joined the team to help manage their social presence, it was clear from the start that a connection with their fans – a real one – was their top priority. They didn’t simply hand me the reins and walk away from their most direct touch point to the people who got them where they are today… their social media was, and still is, a joint collaboration between all three of us. They bring the love, energy, and inspiration, and I tidy it up into a neat little package that makes sense for whatever platform we’re working on, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  Our working relationship is easy because they trust my instincts and because I trust their authenticity.

The hour-long episodes of Cousins Undercover (which premieres this Sunday at 8/7c) follow Anthony and John as they navigate the unpredictable waters of surprise home makeovers in a matter of days. But the show is also about family and community – two things the Cousins know all about – and coming together to pay it forward to local heroes who have given so much of themselves, often at the price of their own needs.

More from the set of “Cousins Undercover”

We want the fans to feel like they’re part of the show. The stories of the people featured in each episode don’t stop at the end of the hour, but keep unfolding – and we want them to continue for you, too.

That’s why we’re getting super social with all you loyal Cousins fans! Not only will Anthony and John be live-tweeting every episode, but they also will be hosting LIVE Q&A sessions on Facebook (starting 10/13 and continuing for alternating episodes for the rest of the season). In the 30 minutes following the show, Anthony and John will answer your questions about that night’s episode (and even some design and renovation questions!) so you can get the inside scoop on what goes into super-sized, super-secret home renovations like you’ll see on Cousins Undercover. As usual, they’re keeping it real.

 We hope to see you there.

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If you’ve been watching HGTV lately or keeping up with us on social media, then you know we’re all “a-buzz” over the exciting new series, Cousins Undercover.

Real-life cousins and HGTV experts, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri.

Real-life cousins and renovation experts, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, seek out deserving neighborhood heroes then surprise them with amazing home makeovers.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Cousins Undercover Show Trailer.  Then make a date with the cousins, this Sunday at 8/7c on HGTV.

And make Cousins Undercover even more rewarding with the free Viggle app for your mobile device.

With Viggle you can check into your favorite shows, chat with friends, and access bonus content…all while earning real rewards just for watching.

You can even donate your rewards points to help low income homeowners in need with our partnerRebuilding Together.  Learn more about Rebuilding Together here.

Download Viggle on the App Store or Google Play.  Then check in Sunday to join the Cousins Undercover LIVE experience.  Visit Viggle.com for more information.

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We want to see your ghouls and goblins, your princesses and your pumpkins. Show off your pumpkin-carving skills and dazzle us with your Halloween decor. Share your spookiest images all month long. Tag your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pictures with #LoveHome and #LoveHalloween for a chance to be featured on HGTV.com.

HGTV DIY Halloween Costumes

Need a little Halloween inspiration? Head over to HGTV.com/Halloween for pumpkin-carving templates, DIY costumes, kids’ crafts, easy recipes and more.

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Music City, Here We Come! The second-annual HGTV Smart Home will be nestled in Duncanwood Reserve in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tenn.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown and Music Row, the English country-style, 2400-square-foot home will feature high-tech, automated components and give the homeowner better control over energy use, security, interior climate and lighting.

HGTV viewers can enter for a chance to win the home when the HGTV Smart Home 2014 Giveaway opens for entries in April 2014, and can watch the home come to life at HGTV.com/smarthome.

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