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Television’s hottest husband and wife duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines, may not act or sing, but after the record breaking performance of their hit HGTV series Fixer Upper helped the network score its highest rated night overall since 2010, it’s clear that they know how to make home renovations sizzle. The series, which features a beautiful and successful couple who balance their renovation, restoration and remodeling business with parenting four young children, once again helped HGTV achieve its highest-rated Tuesday night in the network’s history. HGTV also ranked as the #2 cable network among A25-54 and W25-54 on Tuesday night and was the was the #1 cable network among upscale viewers W25-54.

“This level of performance for a relatively new series can only be described as spectacular,” said Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network. “HGTV fans have a deep connection with Chip and Joanna because they are relatable, fun and have a distinctive and appealing perspective on space and style.”

Fixer Upper has attracted more than nine million viewers since its premiere on Tuesday, January 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

See why Chip and Joanna are attracting so many viewers – you can steal some of Joanna’s best design ideas and tour their amazing home transformations at HGTV.com/FixerUpper.

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We all know that comedian and daytime TV host Ellen DeGeneres loves to dance, but did you know that she’s also a huge fan of custom furniture? That’s why she dreamed up the idea for the new HGTV competition show, Ellen’s Design Challenge, which premieres Monday, January 26 at 9 pm | 8c. I chatted with show producer Loren Ruch to get the inside scoop on this all-new series before we see it on TV.  Read on to find out about the show…including how they made furniture “sexy” and whether Ellen’s dance moves have a spot in the show.

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HGTV’s Courtney White and Loren Ruch With Ellen DeGeneres

I Heart HGTV: How did Ellen get involved with the show? Did she come to HGTV with the idea? 

Loren Ruch: Ellen is a HUGE lover of furniture, so when she pitched this concept to her we jumped at the opportunity. Not only is it something new and different for HGTV, it was also an amazing opportunity to work with the beloved and talented Ellen DeGeneres.

How did the team come up with the challenges? As a custom furniture enthusiast and funnywoman, what did Ellen bring to the challenge development?

Ellen assembled a production team that had as much enthusiasm for furniture as she did.  They came up with a variety of challenges that will give our viewers the widest variety of reveals you can imagine.  As crazy as it sounds, our goal with this series was to make furniture development ‘sexy’ — and boy oh boy did we live up to that!

What can viewers expect from this new series? How is it different from HGTV shows past?

It’s really different than any of our other competition shows because you get to really see the amount of time and energy that gets put into an individual project.  We’re used to seeing entire rooms get transformed, but the process of seeing a highly complex piece of furniture is just as interesting in its detail and design process!

Clue us in…does Ellen dance on the set?

I’m not going to give away all of our secrets!  But what I will say is that she kept us in stitches both in front of and behind the scenes!

Funniest moment on set?

This was a really fun show to be on set for because we had amazing contestants, talented carpenters, and of course Ellen! All I can say is that there was a ‘klutzy’ moment that made me do a spit take on set!  I’m not going to say more than that…

Most nerve-racking moment on set?

Any time you have tight deadlines and real stakes you’ll find some very tense moments — especially between the contestants and their carpenters!

MORE ELLEN’S DESIGN CHALLENGE EXTRAS:

Tune in on Monday, January 26 at 9 pm | 8c to see the show, then come back here for exclusive behind-the-scenes details after every episode.

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Can you believe that the new year is almost here? Start 2015 on a high note by spending day one with all your HGTV favorites. You bring the mimosas, we’ll bring a day full of premieres and a live Twitter party featuring Jonathan, Drew and lots more stars. Here are 6 reasons to spend the day with us this January 1.

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1: Live Coverage of the Rose Parade
The fun starts at 11 am/10c with the Rose Parade, live and commercial free, hosted by Jonathan and Drew Scott and Josh Temple.

2: Escape to Paradise
It’s a little cold and gray outside, right? HGTV has the cure — all-new episodes of your favorite getaway shows, from Beachfront Bargain Hunt to Half-Price Paradise to Caribbean Life. Check out the TV Schedule for a full rundown.

3: Have a (Twitter) Party With Your Favorite Stars
From Chip and Joanna Gaines to HGTV’s Cousins Anthony and John to Flip or Flop‘s Tarek and Christina, all your favorite hosts will be tweeting along with the day’s premieres. Join in the fun by following and using #HGTVNewYear on Twitter. See the full guest list here.

4: See Your Tweets on HGTV!
Remember that #HGTVNewYear hashtag? Use it while you watch and you could see your tweet on the air. We’ll be sharing favorites from HGTV fans all day long.

5: See Exclusive Photos on Instagram
Follow HGTV on Instagram to see exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the Rose Parade, HGTV stars’ New Year’s Day traditions and more.

6: Step Inside HGTV Dream Home 2015
After a day full of dreamy premieres, it all culminates with the HGTV Dream Home 2015 tour. Tour every inch of the Cape Cod-style home on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts with host Matt Muenster, then visit HGTV.com to take a photo tour and enter for a chance to win it.

Get more information at HGTV.com/New Year. See you there!

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HGTV’s All-Premiere New Year is back! Join in the fun on January 1, 2015 starting at 11 am/10c with the Rose Parade, live and commercial free, hosted by Jonathan and Drew Scott and Josh Temple. Then, start the new year right with a day of dream programming – enjoy hunting for islands and beachfront bargains and finding the perfect Alaska home.

In addition to a day of all-new shows, HGTV will be celebrating on our social networks with #HGTVNewYear. HGTV stars will be hosting Twitter parties throughout the day and will be sharing their New Year’s Day festivities on HGTV’s Instagram account. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and check out some of our favorite pictures from last year’s big day.

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New Years Day 2014

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New Years Day 2014

New Years Day 2014

New Years Day 2014

New Years Day 2014

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How would you like to cozy up on the couch between the Property Brothers? Now you can (kind of): Jonathan and Drew’s flagship show, plus more of your HGTV favorites, are now available to watch instantly on Netflix.

Watch Property Brothers on Netflix

Catch full seasons of Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Cousins on Call, Flea Market Flip and The Brian Boitano Project, plus select episodes from Color Splash, Holmes Inspection, House Hunters, House Hunters International, Income Property, Love It or List It and Selling New York.

The only dilemma now: Which show to watch first? Hey, Jonathan — pass the popcorn!

See All HGTV Shows on Netflix >>

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Confession time:  we have a secret crush that we just can’t hide any longer.  It’s time to come out and proclaim our love for Pinterest.

Of course, if you follow us on social media, you probably know this “confession” isn’t completely true…our “secret” crush has never been much of a secret.  We’re very proud of our healthy obsession with Pinterest.   With thousands of inspiring rooms, decorating tips, and DIY pins, it just seems natural to spend most of our time there.

So you’ll understand why we are so excited to share that HGTV is being featured in this week’s Pin Picks.  This front-page editorial curates the “best of the best” pins centered around weekly themes.  This week’s theme is House Hacks and there you’ll discover our most popular room-by-room projects, design tips, and clever solutions around the home.

But pins speak louder than words, so click over and check it out now.   And if you don’t follow all of our boards yet, be sure to do that, too.

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We know you love your HGTV stars and we are helping you get up close and personal with them like never before. Our new series of Google Hangouts with fan favorites like Drew and Jonathan Scott, Genevieve Gorder, and the contestants from Flipping the Block and more are quick, fun looks in to their lives and their thoughts on their shows. So sit back, relax and Hangout:

NEXT HGTV HANGOUT: Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s new show Vacation House for Free, September 7 at 7pm ET.

Previous HGTV Hangout: Jen and Brandon Hatmaker of My Big Family Renovation.

See all the HGTV Hangouts here and check out a preview with Josh Temple, Scott McGillivray and David Bromstad from Flipping the Block below:
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Did you catch the season finale of Brother Vs. Brother last night? (If you missed it, you can watch the full episode here.) Before the show, our convergence director Abbi chatted with Jonathan and Drew about the season’s most dramatic moments and what really happened on the set. Plus: Jonathan brings out his adorable dogs and Drew sings some classic Britney Spears. See the entire Google Hangout right here!

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Summer is the season at HGTV that we spend most of our time showcasing beautiful outdoor spaces.  But some rooms inside the home tend to hold our attention all year long.  Kitchens and baths are always the two most talked about spaces on our websites and social media pages.  Viewers are either dreaming of a brand new kitchen or bath, planning a new project, or finishing a renovation.  Kitchens and baths are just a hot topic any time of the year.

That’s why we thought it would be fun to get together with the Scripps Networks’ family of brands and host a Kitchen & Bath Hour all month long. Tuesdays (8/7c) in July, you can find HGTV, DIYNetwork, HGTVRemodels, and HGTV Frontdoor sharing our most inspiring kitchen and bath designs, clever storage tips, and money-saving project ideas.

And it’s all happening at our favorite social media destination, Pinterest.  It’s super easy to join us.  Just log on to Pinterest Tuesday evenings and click on the special board, where we will be hosting the event.  Then just wait for the “pin-spiration”…we’ll be there with you pinning LIVE.

Never joined a pin party?  Get all the details on what they’re about right here.

So, whether you’re dreaming or doing, you don’t want to miss our Kitchen & Bath Hour, Tuesdays at 8p/7c.  See you on Pinterest!

And in the meantime, set the mood with these beautiful kitchens and baths.

 

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Important Alert: We love and value our HGTV fans, so it’s important that we let you know that there are unsavory scammers out there who want to take advantage of your love for us!

We don’t want you to be a victim of fraud. Please beware of any communication that you receive purporting to be from HGTV, particularly any “official looking letters” or random phone calls that request that you divulge personal financial information such as your social security, bank account, and credit card numbers — or asks you to purchase anything, including pre-paid credit cards.

If you believe that a network representative truly did reach out to you and you want to confirm the specific information you received, send us your name and either scan the letter or forward the email with the information you received to us at castingverification@scrippsnetworks.com. (No other inquiries or solicitations will be addressed via this email account.)

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