Hometime (U.S. TV series)

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Created by Dean Johnson
Starring Dean Johnson
Miriam Johnson
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 29
Executive producer(s) Dean Johnson
Location(s) Chaska, Minnesota
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor Hometime Video Publishing & WHYY-TV
Original network PBS
Original release November 1, 1986 – January 30, 2016
External links
Website www.hometime.com

Hometime is a PBS home improvement television show produced by Hometime Video Publishing of Chaska, Minnesota, in association with WHYY-TV/Wilmington-Philadelphia, and broadcast on public television and in syndication. It first aired on PBS on November 1, 1986. In 1992, Hometime began airing on TLC (The Learning Channel). When Hometime aired on TLC, Dean Johnson would say "Hometime will be right back", this was used when the show goes into commercial breaks. When the show comes out of commercial breaks, Dean Johnson would say "And now, back to Hometime". The show came to an end on January 30, 2016, and is no longer airing, although episodes of Hometime continue to air in syndication.

Hometime demonstrates both do-it-yourself- and contractor-performed projects, ranging from simple weekend projects to complete homes. Hometime episodes have covered many aspects of home construction and maintenance.


As of 2011, the show is hosted by Dean Johnson and Miriam Johnson. Although Dean and Miriam share a surname, they are not related.

Although Dean Johnson has continuously hosted the show since its inception, there have been five co-hosts:

  • Peggy Knapp co-hosted the show from 1986 to 1987.
  • JoAnne "JoJo" Liebeler co-hosted the show from 1987 to 1992. She later hosted and produced her own shows: Room for Change (1995–2002) on HGTV, Home Savvy (1996–2001) on TLC, and Passport to Design (2002–2005) on Travel Channel. Liebeler is now the president of her own production company (2×4 Productions) and returned as a guest on Hometime for projects in October 2006, December 2009, and September 2010.
  • Susanne Egli co-hosted the show from 1992 to 1993.
  • Robin Hartl co-hosted the show from 1993 to 2005. She has appeared in infomercials for the Little Giant Ladder with actor Richard Karn and the Worx GT lawn trimmer and edger. Hartl now works in the Twin Cities at the Anoka Design Studio as an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) designer who helps builders and their clients choose designs and finish materials for new house, room addition, and similar construction projects.
  • Miriam Johnson co-hosted the show from 2005 until the end of the series in 2016. She hosted through her pregnancy with daughter Sula Catherine. Johnson and her husband, Paul, recently finished an extensive renovation of their 80-year-old home.

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