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HGTV to debut 'Tough as Nails' female homebuilder series March 14


By Christopher Rocchio, 02/16/2010 

HGTV has announced that it will premiere Tough as Nails, a new reality series that will feature Boston contractor Cindy Stumpo juggling her business and family life, on Sunday, March 14 at 11PM ET/PT.

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Tough as Nails will follow Cindy, a 21-year construction business veteran, as she deals with building high-end, multimillion-dollar luxury homes while also managing her staff -- which includes ex-husband Joe -- in the male-dominated industry.

Stumpo's mother Beverly also serves as her office secretary, while her 23-year-old daughter Samantha is being groomed to take over the family business one day and her son Chad pursues his dream of becoming a professional golfer.

In addition, Stumpo's grandmother serves as her sounding board from problems and ideas.

The premiere episode will follow Stumpo as she attempts to complete a 4,800-square-foot home that must be finished in less than one week for a broker's open house.

"Tough as Nails is the perfect phrase to describe Cindy Stumpo," said HGTV programming executive Freddy James. "Viewers will be inspired by this self-made woman who's doing it all."

The Antonio Treatment, a new reality series starring HGTV Design Star fourth-season winner Antonio Ballatore, will serve as Tough as Nails lead in and air in the Sundays at 10PM ET/PT timeslot beginning March 14.

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