Missing ‘Fixer Upper’? Then ‘Bargain Mansions’ May Make Your Year

November 30, 2018

Hey "Fixer Upper" fans: If you're pining to watch more run-down old houses morph into modern abodes with historic charm, you're in luck! No, Chip and Jo Gaines aren't back on the air (at least, not yet), but "Bargain Mansions" may deliver a similar home makeover fix.

In this show, which just aired its season two premiere on the DIY channel (Wednesdays at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central), designer Tamara Day and her dad, Ward Schraeder, snag unbelievable deals on big, dark, dreary properties in Kansas City and then restore them, preserving their historic character and unique architectural features while incorporating modern layouts and amenities.


Reality Realty: She restores beat-up mansions to stately glory

November 10, 2018

You won’t find a shack, let alone a mansion, for $100,000 in Los Angeles. For that kind of deal, head to Kansas City where estates bought for a song are featured on DIY Network’s “Bargain Mansions.” The second season starts Nov. 28.

Host Tamara Day revives fading mansions with occasional help from her father, Ward Schraeder, who schooled her in construction. She scored more DIY ingenuity from time spent on her grandparents’ Kansas farms.


"New Girls on the Block" nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Reality Program!

GLAAD Unveils Nominees for Annual Media Awards

February 18, 2016

The 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were announced in Los Angeles on Wednesday. 

“For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward,” Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD CEO and president said in a statement. “This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world.”

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Discovery Life’s ‘New Girls on the Block’ Explores Transgender Identity

April 11, 2015

What is it like to be transgender in Kansas City, Missouri?

A compelling new television show from Discovery Life will tell the story of a group of women and friends, all in different stages of their lives in relation to their transgender identity. Called “New Girls On The Block,” this five-part series will premiere on Saturday, April 11 and focus on portraying the experiences of these trans individuals in an authentic light...


‘New Girls on the Block’: TV Review

April 10, 2015

The five-part docuseries follows a group of women who have one thing in common — they used to be men. We like to giggle at things that make us uncomfortable. Just look at how the tabloids are treating Bruce Jenner; there’s little regard for the fact that he is an actual human being going through something extremely personal.

When I heard there was going to be a reality show about a group of transgender friends, I was skeptical. The current state of reality TV doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Would the show be in the vein of Real Housewives?Thankfully, it’s decidedly not... 


Justin Bieber Roast, Pre-Show Cook Up Big Twitter TV Ratings

April 6, 2015

Turns out making fun of Justin Bieber is just as big on social media as fans lathering him up, at least based on this week’s Twitter TV ratings from Nielsen. Both The Comedy Central Roast of Bieber and the event’s pre-show landed in the Top 10 for the week. The actual roast spawned nearly 1.3 million tweets that reached 7.4 million people...


Exclusive: Former Syfy, Wilshire execs unite for Conveyor Media

June 4, 2014

Former Wilshire Studios development exec Jay James (pictured, right) is teaming up with Syfy development exec Colin Whelan (left) to launch an LA-based prodco, realscreen can reveal.

The new firm, Conveyor Media, will specialize in unscripted content and is being repped by Alan Braun, Matt Horowitz and Katie Zwick at CAA.


Discovery Life’s ‘New Girls on the Block’ Adds to TV’s Focus on Transgender

January 8, 2015

Discovery Communication’s rebranded Discovery Life channel is looking to the “new frontier” of transgender stories in its effort to bring viewers to the channel, which debuts Jan. 15.

Discovery Life is affording one of its biggest promotional pushes to the six-part docu-series “New Girls on the Block,” which follows a group of transgender women in Kansas City, Mo. Series, set to bow April 2, got a showcase at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Thursday...