Fox’s latest reality TV experiment puts a new twist on the home makeover genre: EW has learned exclusively that the network has ordered Home Free for a summer launch.
The set-up: Nine do-it-yourself-er couples who need a new house are each given the chance to earn an ultimate dream home when they agree to live in a series of dilapidated fixer-uppers that they must renovate. Each week, they face challenges and twists, and the couple that didn’t “perform up to code” is eliminated. The remaining couples will have to live together in the house they’ve worked on—so the more work they complete, the more comfortable they will be.
Eventually, only two couples will remain, and they will fight to win a lavish house.
The eight-part series is hosted by camera-ready professional contractor and Canadian TV host Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes), who will push the couples to produce top-quality work. It’s produced by Home Edition veteran Tom Forman.
The Fox series breaks ground on Wednesday, July 22. Home Free comes on the heels of CBS ordering a series yesterday in which needy couples are tempted to keep or give away a briefcase full of cash.