TLC AND HGTV SET FOR ULTIMATE CROSSOVER PROGRAMMING EVENT WITH RELAUNCH OF CLASSIC TLC HOME MAKEOVER SERIES, "WHILE YOU WERE OUT"
--Represents Discovery Inc's First Series Co-Production and Crossover following Scripps Networks Acquisition--
--Collaboration Brings Together All-Star Talent for Combined Series Premiering on Both Networks --
NEW YORK -- Discovery, Inc., announced today that the relaunch of popular TLC home makeover series WHILE YOU WERE OUT, will debut as a co-produced series airing on TLC and HGTV simultaneously in 2019. WHILE YOU WERE OUT represents the first series co-production across Discovery's expanded Lifestyle portfolio, led by Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer Kathleen Finch, and following the company's acquisition of Scripps Networks earlier this year.
"This is an exciting moment for the newly combined Discovery Lifestyle portfolio and for our passionate, female audiences," said Howard Lee, President and GM of TLC and Allison Page, President and GM of HGTV and Food Network. "In WHILE YOU WERE OUT, we bring back a popular series with a twist-- allowing us to superserve TLC and HGTV fans in the way they expect from those brands and collaborating as only Discovery can across two of the top three women's networks in ad-supported cable."
In a key move, the series premiere will simulcast on both networks, with each network brand lending its special flair to the series. Production begins this month and the series will premiere in 2019.
WHILE YOU WERE OUT will feature TLC and HGTV stars designing one room in neighboring homes while each set of homeowners send their significant others on a weekend getaway to await the ultimate surprise reveal upon their return. TLC and HGTV will air their own version of the same episode featuring the same homeowners, designers and carpenters. Hosted by Ananda Lewis, the series will include the following design talent: from TLC, Carter Oosterhouse, Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Hildi Santo Tomas, Kahi Lee, Sabrina Soto, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. From HGTV, Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, David Visentin, Hilary Farr, Karen E Laine, Mina Starsiak, Nicole Curtis and Vanilla Ice.
WHILE YOU WERE OUT originally debuted on TLC in 2002 and ran for four seasons. Unique to this new season will be an expanded budget of $10,000 per room, up from $2000 in previous seasons, two homes per episode along with two designers and one carpenter per room.
WHILE YOU WERE OUT is produced by HALF YARD ENTERTAINMENT for TLC and HGTV. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WhileYouWereOut, and follow TLC and HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to never miss an update.
Offering remarkable real-life stories without judgment, TLC shares everyday heart, humor, hope, and human connection with programming genres that include fascinating families, heartwarming transformations, and life's milestone moments. TLC is a top 10 network across key female demos.
TLC is a global brand available in more than 87 million homes in the US and 279 million households around the world. Viewers can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through TLC GO - the network's TVE offering featuring live and on demand access to complete seasons. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites and exclusive original video content. Fans can also interact with TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. TLC is part of Discovery (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories to satisfy curiosity and captivate superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands.
HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America's favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 90 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of 9.7 million people each month; a social footprint of 16.8 million; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME(TM) consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. HGTV is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.