HGTV’s spring schedule blooms with five new series beginning the week of April 4. The series include the broadcast premieres of Design U, a weekly crash course in design, the passé to present-day My Parents’ House, and the jet-setting Space For Living. In addition, two international series will have their Canadian television premieres including The Block, one of the highest rated shows in Australia’s history, and The Ultimate Do-Up, a chronicle of a Kiwi family’s renovation experience. Love by Design and This Small Space also return with new episodes on April 8.
Design U (Broadcast Premiere)
Mon., Apr. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Design U tests the theory that, with a little guidance, anyone can transform a space from gaudy to gorgeous. Nominated by someone who cannot stand the would-be decorator’s questionable sense of style, the decorating novice teams-up with both a design mentor and professional carpenter and, after an intensive “boot camp,” undertakes the final challenge of transforming their space.
*Mon., Apr. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode One – “Owen’s Living Room”
Chris sends his roommate Owen to Design U to learn how to transform their living room from frat house flop to martini lounge chic with the help of Designer Penny Southam.
*Mon., Apr. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode Two – “Joanne’s Bedroom”
Marnie hopes Design U will stop her friend Joanne’s incessant whining about her master bedroom. Can top-notch designer Melanie Martin help change Joanne from complainer to bragger?
My Parents’ House (Broadcast Premiere)
Tues., Apr. 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Does mom still have that shag carpet in the dining room? Does dad have the world’s largest collection of beer memorabilia in the den? In this series, adult siblings return to their family home to do something they have wanted to do for years…redesign at least one room in their parents’ house and, more importantly, bring their parents into the 21st century!
*Tues., Apr. 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode One – “The O’Kane’s Family Room”
Shauna and her stepbrother Steve help transform their parent’s outdated, 1970’s family room into a gorgeous Tahoe-inspired living space while mom and dad enjoy a romantic two-day getaway.
*Tues., Apr. 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode Two – “The Ng Master Bedroom”
An outdated, multi-tasking master suite complete with pink paint, mismatched floral fabric and a karaoke machine is transformed into a spa-like oasis by the Ngs’ two youngest children.
Space For Living (Broadcast Premiere)
Fri., Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT
This innovative series highlights the philosophy that affordable living is accessible to anyone regardless of space size or budget. Each episode breaks down into four segments: Space, Transformation, Solution and Foreign Exchange and explores design challenges and solutions in homes around the world, including Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto, Chicago, Paris, Milan and Stockholm.
*Fri., Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode One – “Almhult and Montreal”
Explore the home of designer Anna Efverlund in Almhult, Sweden; watch a young Montrealer’s room get de-cluttered; learn about kitchen storage; and travel to London, New York and Toronto to hear top designers give advice on a slip-covered footstool.
*Fri., Apr. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode Two – “London and Paris”
Explore a Victorian row house of two Canadian ex-patriots in London; witness the transformation of a family home in Paris; investigate media centre options; and watch as a native artist in Vancouver, a milliner in London, England and a designer in Stockholm give advice on a wooden footstool.
The Block (Canadian Premiere)
Tues., Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. ET
One of the highest rated programs in Australia last year, this phenomenal hit series features four couples who each move into an apartment in a four-plex block with every unit in a similar state of disrepair. With limited time and dollars, the couples must fix up the apartment before putting it on the market.
*Tues., Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. ET – Episode One
The four couples arrive at The Block, learn the rules and discover that they have a week’s deadline to deliver the first complete room. One couple discovers termites and a leaking roof.
*Tues., Apr. 12 at 7 p.m. ET – Episode Two
When Fiona visits the boys to call an emergency meeting about the noise levels from upstairs, they inadvertently create an upstairs-downstairs rivalry.
The Ultimate Do-Up (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Apr. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
A New Zealand family wins $150,000 (NZD) to refurbish their home, but soon find out what an average family experiences during the often-harrowing process of home renovation while living in two on-site trailers.
*Thurs., Apr. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode One
The family of six learns about the renovation process from the architect, moves out of their 1970’s home to on-site trailers, and discuss the stress that may be involved with the three-month renovation.
*Thurs., Apr. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT – Episode Two
Renovation begins and the family learns that three months without their most basic necessities will be hard on everyone. The family also gets a peek at their house post-demolition and experiences an unexpected emotional response.
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