TBS's 'House Rules' new competitive home improvement series premiering Friday, October 10
By Reality TV World staff, 10/10/2003
Starting Friday, October 10 at 8PM ET, home improvement gets competitive when TBS Superstation pits three teams of amateur home remodelers against each other in the new reality series House Rules, presented by Lowe's. The series, which will result in one team winning the deed to the home they've renovated, is hosted by Mark L. Walberg (Temptation Island.)
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 12-week competition will reveal the interpersonal drama and conflicts they face as they work feverishly to complete their renovations.
To determine which team gets the largest budget for that week's project, the couples must compete in themed games. Examples of challenges include painting a 15-foot-high ceiling using only a trampoline and competing in a polo match on riding lawnmowers. At the end of the series, viewers will vote to decide which couple gets to keep the house they renovated. The winner will be announced during a live telecast on Friday, Dec. 19.
In the first episode, host Mark L. Walberg introduces the three chosen couples for the competition:
• Silver Team: Rebecca (26), a commercial analyst and MBA candidate, and Joey (28), 2nd mate on an oil tanker, are in a long-distance relationship and have never spent more than two weeks together at a time.
• Blue Team: The oldest and most experienced of the three teams, Cindy (37), a jazz singer, and Bill (46), who is in logistical support, have been married for 11 years.
• Red Team: At 23, Katie, a substitute teacher and tennis coach, and Adam, a logistical manager, are the youngest of the three teams. They were married in July, so being on House Rules is their honeymoon.
Walberg also reveals the three houses the couples will renovate during the course of the show:
• The Contemporary: 3,200 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths; 2-car garage; study and den recently added.
• The English: 2,583 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 2½ baths; 2-car garage; swimming pool.
• The Traditional: 2,741 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 3 baths; 2-car garage; Jacuzzi; located on a cul-de-sac.
In order to determine which team gets which house, the three teams must locate their welcome mats, deeds and keys during a timed obstacle course at the Houston Astrodome. The winners get first pick of which house they will renovate.