NBC’s new reality competition series “American Dream Builders” is putting a new spin on the architecture renovation TV series genre. Hosted and executive produced by Nate Berkus, the new project pits teams of expert architects against one another for cash prizes.
Every week, the team of designers will renovate two homes from around the country. “American Dream Builders'” judges, which include former NFL star Eddie George and Monica Pedersen, will then choose between the two homes based on the redesign, the respect to the homeowner’s wishes and the overall comfort of the new space.
“If Eddie can’t watch football wherever they put the sofa, he wants to send them home,” Pedersen quips during “American Dream Builders'” TCA 2014 winter press tour panel.
The contestants, all of whom are experts in their field, just renovate homes that are existing and don’t add any square footage or anything extra to the buildings. “This show is about what you can do, not what you can’t,” Berkus says, noting that the designers are given enough resources to “support to create spectacular, long-lasting renovations.”
Berkus says the homes were chosen based on their architectural style to highlight the various styles in the United States, and emphasizes that real people own all of the houses chosen.
Expect plenty of drama from the various designers, all of whom are used to being the leads on teams instead of working with their peers. After all, this is not just makeover show; it’s a competition show. “It’s so scary when people aren’t good team players,” Berkus admits.
There’s a surprise facet of the show where, in addition to the judges, the homeowner’s neighbors, families and other “neighborhood council” members, those people also get to vote on which house they like better. That can provide a fun foil to the judges’ opinions, and is something that Berkus and the team are excited about.
In addition to the TV series, NBC is also holding an “American Dream Builders” sweepstakes where the winner of the show will come and renovate the sweepstakes winner’s home.
“American Dream Builders” premieres March 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.