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Guest post by Melissa AndersenCousinsTV

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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Calling all Pinterest fans…join us for an exclusive event this weekend.

Now’s your chance to re-pin “never-before-pinned” photos from brand new episodes of Dear Genevieve,  the hit series with designer, Genevieve Gorder.

We’ll be pinning our favorite room makeovers LIVE as they air on HGTV.

Watch NEW episodes this Saturday (Sept 21) starting 3pmEST, and follow us on Pinterest  (hashtag #DearGenevieve) to join the party!

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Calling all Pinterest fans…you’re invited to an exclusive event this weekend.

Now’s your chance to re-pin “never-before-pinned” photos from brand new episodes of Candice Tells All,  the hit HGTV series featuring beloved design diva, Candice Olson.

We’ll be pinning our favorite room makeovers from tomorrow’s shows, LIVE as they air on HGTV.

Watch NEW episodes tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 14) starting 3pmEST and follow us on Pinterest  using hashtag #CandiceTellsAll to join the party!

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