Derek Diedricksen is making his HGTV debut on the second season of the show “Hot Mess House.” This show is all about de-cluttering and organizing people’s homes. The show’s host Cassandra Aarssen breaks down people into four different organizing styles based on the way they organize their spaces. The show’s renovation segment is spearheaded by Wendel Holland, who enlists Derek to work on special projects.
HGTV’s formulaic programming
Many millennials and Gen Z viewers love the unscripted, real-life nature of HGTV’s programming. Even if it’s not as hip as their peers, millennials and Gen Z find the unscripted programming to be endlessly appealing. The shows offer an escape from the world’s turmoil, as well as a window into the world of homeownership.
Perhaps the HGTV formula’s popularity lies in the escapist messages it portrays. The network’s real-estate shows all follow the same blueprint: buying, renovating, and selling. They’re predictable and satisfying, and viewers tune in to see what happens next.
Another problem with HGTV’s programming is its predictable structure. The show is structured around binge-watching, with several episodes airing in blocks. Often, the episodes lead seamlessly into each other. A recent Nielsen report showed that the average HGTV tune-in was nearly 25% longer than the average cable TV tune-in in June.
Although once ridiculed as “compost TV,” HGTV has become a top-10 cable network during prime time. Along with its website and magazine, HGTV has become a multi-media lifestyle brand. In the early aughts, the network’s ratings grew in tandem with the real estate boom. But the Great Recession and subprime mortgage crisis briefly dampened its ratings.
HGTV is a huge revenue generator for Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), which owns the Tribune Co. HGTV’s most popular shows drew between one and two million viewers during prime time. The channel has a strong female audience and is among the top cable networks among women who earn at least $100,000 per year.
Jonathan Knight’s renovations
Jonathan Knight’s renovations for his HGTV messy house debut are a great example of how a home can look great without spending a fortune. The original kitchen was a cramped, wood-filled room. The floors matched the kitchen cabinets and ceiling, and the countertop was shaped like a peninsula. The room also had a brick pillar chimney that disrupted the flow of the room. Jeff and Megan wanted an island countertop, and the chimney was a hindrance.
Although Knight has never been officially diagnosed with A.D.H.D., he has always been into home improvement projects, whether it’s renovating the barn on his mother’s property, learning to care for a set of goats he received from a rent-a-goat service, or tending to his flower and vegetable gardens. He is also a fan of restoring old farmhouses and is excited to make his debut on HGTV.
Jonathan Knight is a multi-talented home-improvement star with more than 200 house renovations under his belt. He’s also an actor, having starred in Color Splash and New Kids on the Block. His new HGTV pilot, Farmhouse Fixer, features the singer’s home renovations.
Jonathan Knight shot to fame with his bandmates in the ’80s, and now he’s back with a home renovation show on HGTV. After his fame, he launched a home flipping business. He worked on houses until the band reunited in 2008, and his passion for old homes hasn’t dimmed.
The new series, Fixer Upper, was announced in March. It follows a pair of New England renovators as they add modern amenities to a dated farmhouse. The couples try to maintain the charm of the original building while adding modern features. They stay away from bulldozers and other drastic changes. The show is a fun way to watch a talented couple improve a home without spending a fortune.
Before the start of the renovations, the Cooperages bought a 1790s farmhouse in Pelham, New Hampshire. They outbid about 20 other bidders. The homeowners trusted Knight to make it livable, but it needed some work. With a $225,000 budget, Knight and his crew worked to make the farmhouse livable again.
Celebrity IOU’s makeovers
A new HGTV show, Celebrity IOU, is set to debut on April 13 and will feature famous people giving their homes a makeover. The first episode features Brad Pitt and his makeover artist Jean Ann Black. Other celebrities participating in the show include Halle Berry, Anthony Anderson, and Snoop Dogg.
The two property brothers return for Season 4 of Celebrity IOU, assisting Tiffany Haddish in giving her friend a home makeover. The pair are tasked with giving Selena, Tiffany Haddish’s best friend since seventh grade, a makeover. The two use luxe materials and a clean design to give Selena’s home a new look. The pair will also assist Tiffany Haddish with some smart repairs in her kitchen.
Drew and Jonathan Scott follow Hollywood A-listers as they transform their messy houses. The show also features their famous friends, inspiring viewers with personal stories of gratitude and appreciation. The show is produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, where Drew and Jonathan serve as executive producers.