Magazine article Variety

Up Close, in House

Magazine article Variety

Up Close, in House

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The folks at HGTV are proud that they don't use talking heads to host their shows, instead hiring real estate, construction and landscaping professionals.

"We'll go out and find people like Chip and Joanna Gaines, or Threk and Christina El Moussa, who are in the real estate or renovation business, and we'll build a show around what they're doing in their regular lives," says Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV. "If it's a job that requires a license, they have licenses, whether they're contractors or tradespeople."

In some cases - as with Jonathan and Drew Scott of "Property Brothers" or cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of "Kitchen Cousins" - HGTV develops multiple series around popular personalities.

Here are a few current favorites.

LOVE IT OR LIST IT

HILARY FARR & DAVID VISENTIN

Since 2008, "Love It or List It" has been a fan favorite on HGTV, no doubt causing arguments among viewers who can't agree if the homeowners should choose designer Farr's renovation of their existing home or buy a property Visentin has shown them.

The dynamic duo hopes two lessons are learned. "No matter how crazy life or a renovation gets, if you have the right people in your corner things will work out fine," says Visentin. Farr says, "I'd like to think (viewers) understand the importance and value of hiring professionals you can trust, specifically designers, of course!"

FIXER-UPPER

CHIP& JOANNA GAINES

Viewers love the owners of Magnolia Homes, who remodel and redecorate homes for clients. "We want people to be inspired and feel empowered do things creatively and outside the box in their own home," Joanna says. "We take things as they come our way, and we strive to do them all with excellence."

Chip adds, "We also have a great support system within our family and our business, which helps us manage everything that's going on." Family is the underlying theme of the show as well as most of their projects. "For us, relationships are the most important thing," Joanna says.

COUSINS UNDERCOVER, KITCHEN COUSINS

JOHN COLANERI & ANTHONY CARRINO

The real-life cousins - who have day jobs with the family construction business - know that the passion they share for their work comes through to their viewers. …

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