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Mark L. Walberg ('Temptation Island') to host TBS Superstation's 'House Rules'


By Reality TV World staff, 08/15/2003 

Following a national search, TBS Superstation has announced that it has selected three teams to go head-to-head on the network's upcoming unscripted competition series House Rules, presented by Lowe's. The teams will each remodel a home in Houston, Texas, with one couple being chosen by viewers to win the home they've remodeled. In addition, TBS Superstation has announced Mark L. Walberg (Temptation Island) as host for the series, set to premiere in October 2003.

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House Rules, produced by Evolution Film & Tape, Inc. (Fear Factor, Big Brother) with MAGNA Global Entertainment (The Restaurant), turns home improvement into a no-holds-barred competition, as three teams remodel three homes desperately in need of a makeover. All three teams, while savvy in home improvement and interior design, are amateurs who will have to rely on their own judgment and skills.

The three teams chosen for the inaugural edition of House Rules are:

- Katie and Adam, newlyweds who will spend their honeymoon competing on the show
- Cindy and Bill, who have been married for 11 years
- Rebecca and Joseph, who have been in a long-distance relationship for nearly a year.

Each week, the teams must compete to win their share of a remodeling allowance to be used to pay for the renovations. Once a week, they will also have an opportunity to spy on each other's progress as they each host weekly dinner parties for their opponents on a rotating basis. TBS Superstation viewers also have a chance to get in on the action. At the end of the 12-week competition, it will be up to viewers to select the winning couple by voting. The team with the most votes will actually win the deed to their newly remodeled home.

Lowe's, who is providing all products and materials used on the show, partnered on House Rules to provide a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it really takes to remodel a home.

Walberg is well known to fans of reality television for his hosting work on the popular series Temptation Island. His other hosting credits include Russian Roulette, Anything For Love, Test the Nation and The Mark Walberg Show. He also served as executive producer of the cable series Sunday Dinner. Walberg's other credits include playing himself on an episode of Son of the Beach, as well as competing in and winning a celebrity TV host edition of The Weakest Link. Walberg also serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Southern California.

Evolution Film & Tape, Inc., producers of the premiere seasons of Fear Factor and (widely panned) Big Brother, is a full-service creative team and production company known for diverse reality programming. Established in 1987, Evolution is currently producing its next wave of reality programming for a broad list of outlets including Switched! for ABC Family, Boy Meets Boy for Bravo and TLC's Clean Sweep. Evolution's docu-soaps include Bug Juice, Totally Hoops and Totally in Tune for Disney Channel, as well as Bravo's hit series Gay Weddings.

MAGNA Global Entertainment (MGE) is a division of Interpublic's MAGNA Global USA, which represents over $40 billion in aggregated Interpublic worldwide media billings. Less than three years old, MGE is already the industry leader in advertiser-supplied programming. By the end of 2003, MGE will have produced 47 hours of original programming, including several critically acclaimed and award-winning efforts, and 135 hours total television on six networks for 13 clients. Notable successes include the 12-time Emmy®-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation, Door to Door, as well as the critically acclaimed hit series, The Restaurant, on NBC.

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