Love It or List It

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Love It or List It
Love it or list it Title.jpg
Genre Reality renovations, upgrading
Created by
  • Maria Armstrong
  • Catherine Fogarty
Directed by
  • Matt Hoos
  • Jeanette Diehl
Starring
Narrated by Jacqueline Hennessy
Theme music composer Lou Pomanti
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 130
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Maria Armstrong
  • Catherine Fogarty
Producer(s) Maria Armstrong
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Raleigh–Durham, North Carolina, United States
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Big Coat Productions
Release
Original network W Network
HGTV
Original release September 8, 2008 – present
External links
Website www.wnetwork.com/Shows/love-it-or-list-it.aspx
Production
website
www.bigcoatproductions.com

Love It or List It is a Canadian home design TV show currently airing on HGTV, W Network, and on OWN Canada, and is the original show in the Love it or List It franchise. The show is produced by Big Coat Productions and was based in Toronto and other surrounding areas in Ontario, Canada. The show premiered as a primetime program on W Network on September 8, 2008, and has since aired on OWN Canada as well as HGTV in the United States. In September 2014, the show began filming in the United States in North Carolina.[1]

Format[edit]

Every episode of Love It or List It follows the same formula. A couple (usually, but not in all cases) presents their living situation in the current house that they own. In most episodes, the couple is split on whether or not they want to stay in the house.

Interior designer Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin tour the couple's home before meeting with them. The tour usually consists of David finding mostly negative things to say about the residence while Hilary is convinced that she can work magic with whatever plans she is given.

At the meetup between the couple and the hosts of the show, both Hilary and David are briefed as to what the couple's desires are. Hilary is given a list of renovations the couple wants for the current house and her budget for the entire project. David, meanwhile, is tasked with searching for a new home for the couple that both meets their needs and stays within their desired budget.

Common challenges faced by Hilary are an inadequate budget to complete the entire request list from the homeowners, often due to discovery of unforeseen issues with the house that are uncovered during the renovation such as lack of compliance with modern building codes. Common issues for David, meanwhile, depend on the homeowners' desires; for instance, the couple has children enrolled in the neighborhood school and they do not desire to change, or the potential house is too distant from family members or a workplace.

After Hilary's renovation is complete, the homeowners are given a tour of their current home to see what she was able to accomplish. After the tour, David meets with them and hands them an evaluation of the home's current market value following the renovations. He will then remind the couple what they could have in one of the new homes they looked at and that they would not get that in their current home.

After a moment to deliberate, Hilary and David pose a question to the homeowners. They must choose to either Love It, meaning that they will continue to live in their current home with the renovations, or to List It, meaning that they will buy one of the homes David showed them and sell their current home. After they reveal their decision, the homeowners explain their reasoning to Hilary and David (who, if they decided to Love It, reacts with incredulity) before bidding them farewell.

Host and crew[edit]

Hosts

  • Hilary Farr – Hilary Farr is a home designer from Toronto. She has lived in Australia, England, California, and New York City. Farr honed her skills on properties in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York and Toronto. When she first moved back to Toronto, she became the first designer to "stage" properties for sale. She continues to build and design homes in the downtown core where she herself owns properties.[2]
  • David Visentin – David Visentin, the main antagonist of the show, is a real estate agent in Southern Ontario with Country Living Realty Limited. He has been practicing since 1987.[3]

Assistant Designer

  • Desta Ostapyk (Canadian episodes) – Desta is a Toronto-based designer who graduated in 2004 from the Toronto International Academy of Design and Technology in Interior Design, and has since focused on a career in the Television Industry. She first started working with Big Coat Productions during her last semester of school as an intern for HGTV's hit series My Parents House. She soon became the Design Stylist for the show.[4]

Contractors

  • Eric Eremita (North Carolina episodes) – General contractor and designer Eric Eremita was selected to be the one and only general contractor on HGTV's "Love It or List It" U.S. version, after HGTV network took notice of him when he competed in its "Brother vs. Brother" reality show.
  • Eddie Richardson (Canadian episodes) – Eddie Richardson was a contractor on Love It or List It who started his own family business. Richardson has also been a pro-beach volleyball player and professional bass fisherman.
  • Fergus McLaren (Canadian episodes) – Fergus McLaren started up his own construction company, R-Mac Solutions, 10 years ago.

Behind the Scenes

  • Architect: Simon West
  • Senior Production Coordinator: Linda Johnstone
  • Construction Coordinator: David Violante
  • Construction Assistants: Chris Blinn, Adam Dalgarno, Ahren Mrowietz, Dale George
  • Design Coordinator: Kaaveh Shoman

Episodes[edit]

Season Start date End date Episodes Hilary wins David wins
1 September 8, 2008 January 5, 2009 12 9 3
2 April 6, 2009 December 7, 2009 18 10 8
3 May 3, 2010 November 8, 2010 21 9 12
4 March 14, 2011 November 11, 2011 19 12 7
5 February 20, 2012 November 19, 2012 18 10 8
6 January 19, 2013 July 1, 2013 14 8 6
7 January 8, 2014 April 9, 2014 14 11 3
8 September 8, 2014 January 19, 2015 16 8 8
9 March 9, 2015 December 7, 2015 22 13 9
Total 154 90 64

Victories for Hilary are families or clients who decided to love their home and stay. Victories for David are families and clients who decided to list and move into a new or better home.

Franchise[edit]

Love It or List It has three spin off shows from in. The first was launched during winter 2012,[5] known as Love It or List It Vancouver (or Love it or List it Too in the US) and hosted by Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot. The second spin-off, the British version known as Love It or List It UK, debuted in 2015,[6] is hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer. The third spin off, Love It or List It Vacation Homes debuted in Spring 2016 and is hosted by Dan Vickery and Elisa Goldhawke. The fourth spin off Vendre ou renover au Quebec debuted in January 2017 and is hosted by Maika Desnoyers and Daniel Corbin.

International syndication[edit]

Country / Region Name Television Network Dubbing / Subtitles
Australia Love It or List It Lifestyle Home N/A
Canada Love It or List It W Network N/A
USA Love It or List It HGTV[7] N/A
Spain Tu casa a juicio Divinity Spanish
Brazil Ame-a ou Deixe-a Discovery Home & Health Portuguese
Norway Bolighjelpen TV 2 (Norway) Norwegian

Reception[edit]

On August 31, 2010, Love It or List It was nominated for two Gemini Awards: Best Reality Program or Series and Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series. The show is once again nominated for Best Reality Program or Series along with its competitors Dragon Dens and Cupcake Girls. When HGTV premiered the show on the network, the company states that "Love It or List It" has been the highest rating reality series, since Candice Olson's Candice Tells All.[8]

In 2012, New York Times' columnist Gail Collins noted that it was US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's favorite TV show.[9][10] According to Collins, Clinton finds the show "very calming"[11] after being interviewed about her departure from politics.[12][13][14]

In 2013, Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune has said it was one of her favourite HGTV programs in an interview with Las Vegas Magazine.[15] Actress Julianne Moore also gave similar praise for the show in an interview with Katie Couric and the Daily Mail.[16][17]

According to the Wall Street Journal, the show and its Vancouver spinoff is one of Canada's beloved reality series.[18]

Controversy[edit]

In April 2016, the homeowners who participated in a 2015 Love It or List It episode filed suit against production company Big Coat TV, as well as the North Carolina contractor who the show hired to do the renovations on their home. The couple alleges that the renovation funds that they provided were not properly disbursed, and that the work on their home was done to a substandard quality.[19] Moreover, the lawsuit states that the television personalities on the show do not play an active role in the renovation process, and that they were not shown homes on the market by any licensed North Carolina real estate agent. Big Coat TV has commented that they "do intend to vigorously defend what [they] consider to be false allegations."[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bigcoatproductions.com/blog/post/love-it-or-list-it-is-on-the-move-to-the-us. Big Coat Productions. Retrieved 12 December 2014
  2. ^ Host Bios; Hilary Farr http://www.wnetwork.com/Shows/Love-It-Or-List-It/HostBios.aspx
  3. ^ Host Bios; David Visentin http://www.wnetwork.com/Shows/Love-It-Or-List-It/HostBios.aspx
  4. ^ "Big Coat Productions". Big Coat Productions. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Love it or List it launches new spin off
  6. ^ "Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It will return for a second series:Channel 4 orders six more episodes of the show to air in 2016". Digital Spy. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (November 28, 2011). "HGTV Acquires Canadian Lifestyle Series 'Love It Or List It'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ W Network's Top Rated Show; http://corusent.com/home/Corporate/PressReleases/tabid/1697/Default.aspx?Id=2323
  9. ^ Maga, Carly (March 29, 2012). "Hillary Clinton’s favorite show is Canada’s ‘Love It Or List It’". Ca.omg.yahoo.com. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Miller, Julie. "Hillary Clinton’s Unlikely Favorite TV Show Revealed". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Vanity Fair: Hillary Clinton's Unlikely Favorite TV Show Revealed". Huffingtonpost.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hillary Clinton likes 'Love It or List It'". Politico.Com. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Love it or list it News, Video and Gossip". Jezebel. November 11, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Collins, Gail (November 10, 2012). "Hillary's Next Move". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ "Q&A WITH VANNA WHITE". Las Vegas Magazine. September 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ Daily Mail. London http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2376232/Julianne-Moore-My-50s-important-years.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Julianne Moore Opens Up About Her Family". KatieCouric.com. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ "W Network Announces Return of Home-grown Favourites in Fall 2013 Lineup". The Wall Street Journal. July 17, 2013. 
  19. ^ CNN, Lisa Respers France. "'Love It or List It' homeowners file suit". CNN. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  20. ^ "‘Love It Or List It’ homeowners sue over Raleigh renovation". miamiherald. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 

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