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Q&A: HGTV’s Property Brothers Talk Cruising

If you binge-watch HGTV like I do, you're most likely familiar with Jonathan and Drew Scott. The duo best known for helping couples find, buy and flip fixer-uppers into their dream homes in "Property Brothers" will be hosting Sailing With the Scotts: Ultimate Design Cruise this November 16 - 20.

The four-night theme cruise on Carnival Ecstasy will offer a chance to get to know the guys, soak up some sun over umbrella drinks and participate in a variety of games, competitions and fun informative sessions. And in typical Scott brother fashion, there will be a ton of surprises.

Jonathan and Drew -- who I was excited to learn share a cruising addiction -- also will be joined by fellow home design-savvy TV stars such as Jason Cameron, Jillian Harris, their brother JD Scott and the Junk Gypsy Company as well as singer and songwriter Adam Hambrick.

I caught up with the two Scott brothers (yes, they're twins) to chat about what's in store for the cruise. See what they're most excited about, what fans onboard can expect and more, below.

What made you guys decide to host a theme cruise?

Jonathan: It mainly came out of the demand from fans. They love getting together with us and seeing us live. It's very fun -- we spend half the time educating people and the other half making fun of Drew, which everybody can get onboard with. So the fans were saying, "Why don't we think of doing a big meet and greet?" That's when we said, "Well wait a sec, what about doing these cruises?" Friends of ours like Lady Antebellum and KISS and New Kids on the Block -- they've all done these celebrity-themed cruises, and they said it's just been an absolute joy.

Have either of you ever been on a cruise before?

Drew: We don't just cruise for our fans -- we are die-hard cruisers. Jonathan and I are about the same; I think we're onto our 14th cruise. If you need any tips for what to do on your cruise, we're your peeps!

Jonathan: I started cruising way back in the day. My first girlfriend and I thought we'd try something a little different, and a deal popped up that was like, seven days for $300. I was like, "Holy smokes; this is incredible!" So we went and tested it out, and sort of became addicted.

Which themed activities would get fans of the show excited?

Drew: There are so many things that Jonathan and I want to do. We have lectures and informative sessions, which fans always love, because they want to know how we can help them over and above what we already do through the show -- get into their dream homes, tips and tricks… But over that, they are going to love the karaoke, because everyone who follows us on social knows that we're karaoke freaks.

We're also making sure that it's not just a Brothers-themed cruise where there are posters of us around and we do one or two lectures. It's immersive. We're basically going to be the cruise directors, we're going to be in there with the announcements, excursions and things like that, and all the different hosts will be doing different activities so people will have an endless supply of things that they can do. Or, they can just kick back, enjoy the sun and come to the major events.

How might someone who's not an avid watcher of the show enjoy this cruise?

Jonathan: You don't have to be an avid fan of the show to enjoy the cruise on its own, the activities that are there or the information that we're giving out, because it's more about people who want to be inspired about their own home. Everyone can be inspired about their own home, whether it's a home they own or a place they're renting that they want to spruce up.

Will fans have a chance to mingle with you guys outside the activities?

Drew: We are on this cruise to hang out with fans, so we're going to be floating around during dinner, we're going to have a lot of activities, and it's not just us. People are going to see a lot of Jason Cameron, Kim Myles, Jillian Harris, JD, the Junk Gypsies… everybody. You're going to be sick of us!

Jonathan: Basically, we'll be all over the ship. We'll be everywhere except in their cabins. We'll be doing a bunch of surprise stuff, too.

What are you most looking forward to on the cruise?

Drew: It's the fans. We do a lot of lectures around the country, but this is actually giving us more nights to hang out with fans. We have full days to see them, give them some of the information about the shows and about what we do … and just to hang out and have fun. It's just a great way for us to say thank you, 'cause the fans have been amazing. We wouldn't have the highest-rated series or the most opportunities for all the things that we do if it wasn't for our fans.

If you could spend most of your time in any part of the ship, where would it be?

Jonathan: I'd have to say the theater, because I miss performing live. A lot of people don't realize that I'm a magician and I performed in Vegas, so my goal is to dust off some illusions and some magic and give a bit of a performance.

Drew: For me, it's tough, because I like being active. So you're probably going to see me at the basketball court and the Ping-Pong area quite a bit.

It's karaoke time -- who's singing?

Jonathan: We're probably singing Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before." We do a lot of duets -- or, actually sometimes we'll do "Summer Nights" from Grease and Drew plays the lady parts.

Let's pretend: You've been asked to team up and design a new cruise ship. What would be the signature feature?

Jonathan: If I was asked to design a cruise ship, I would have a lazy river going all the way around the top deck.

Drew: There must be some way that you could have something that goes off the back of the ship -- some sort of a sport-type thing or water sport.

Could you see yourself hosting another theme cruise in the future?

Jonathan: I could definitely see us doing this again, especially since we love cruises so much. I think it's going to be this cruise that we do year after year and constantly bring other hosts and other celebrities with us just to make sure we're meeting that demand.

And a lot of our fans are in states that are freezing cold in November -- why would they not want to hit the Caribbean? Warm weather, fun times, and they get to hang out with us face to face. We absolutely love that face-to-face time with fans. The only thing that I thought was a little off was Drew said that the next cruise he wants to do is a nudist cruise. So it'd be a Brothers' nudist cruise, and I thought that was over the top.

Originally posted on Cruise Critic

Drew and Jonathan Scott love pranking fans.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, known to HGTV viewers as the Property Brothers, love their fans — they also love pranking fans.

It’s 11 a.m. in Times Square, and the tourists and early lunch crowd from nearby office buildings collide on 42nd Street. Fifty feet above the sidewalk chaos, inside an atrium at Madame Tussauds, Drew Scott demonstrates his best wax figure stances.

In a few minutes, fans will shuffle in small groups into the room to pose with what they think are wax figures of the brothers. You can predict where this is going.

Like the personality fans see on television, Drew in person is affable and engaged while still tuning in to everything moving around him. Also, his suit tailoring is impeccable.

As he playfully practices a dead-eye, waxy stare, we discuss expectations for the day’s shenanigans.

“I’m expecting someone to come in and grab Jonathan’s butt and be like, ‘That’s totally not real,’” he jokes, as his twin brother sits out of earshot in a hair and makeup station nearby. “It’ll be the most action he’s had in a long time.”

Combine the lighthearted sibling banter with a nonstop work ethic, and you understand how the Property Brothers turned real-life business success into a cable television phenomenon.

HGTV is the network you binge-watch with your mom when you lug dirty laundry home for a long weekend. It’s wholesome without pushing an agenda (unless you count granite countertops) and cross-generationally entertaining (no nudity or cursing, only more granite).

So, in the widespread appeal of renovations and real estate, it makes sense that Jonathan and Drew Scott would emerge as one of the cable channel’s standouts — they’re the type of men your mother would love. (And she’ll remind you at least five times during a Buying and Selling marathon.)

The brothers’ broad fanbase is evident in the group of eager fans gathered outside Madame Tussauds on the day of the prank. Children, mothers, grandmothers (and a few husbands along for the ride) and groups of 30-something-year-old friends all wait to see, and maybe grab the butt of, the supposed wax figures.

With cameras in place and the brothers standing arms crossed and stares fixed, a mother and daughter pair enter the room.

“That’s so cool,” Catherine Manning says quietly to her mother, Janet, as she squints to get a better look at the figures. As they lean in for a closer examination, Drew comes to life and Janet shrieks with a mix of shock and delight.

“You guys pulled off an incredible surprise — true, true Property Brothers fashion,” Janet says backstage, still shaking off the shock.

The mother-daughter duo came into the city from Eastchester, New York to see the attraction. When asked about their favorite brother, Catherine answers diplomatically at first, until settling on an answer. “I would never say because I love both equally ... buuuuut Drew did take a selfie with me, so Drew is ranking a little higher. Also I got a hug from Drew, but I’m just saying.”

"Team Jonathan vs. Team Drew" is a common theme throughout the day, in between the screams and clutching of hearts from fans.

Susan Davis, an executive assistant from New York City, nearly collapsed when Jonathan reanimated from his waxy stance behind her. Davis, after a few deep breaths, describes the incident as a “genuine thrill, shock and excitement.” She jokes that her mom, a fellow fan of the brothers, will suffer a heart attack when she hears about the experience.

When asked about the brothers’ appeal, she relays a sentiment we heard repeated from fans all day. “At first I thought it was this gimmick because they were like two hot twins,” Davis says. “But once I started watching with my mom, I just saw how very compassionate and warm they were — and they actually know their stuff. They’re just really good people. They’re just really good people.”

It’s a good thing that fans love Drew and Jonathan because the tremble-inducing scares continue, and while no butts were grabbed, Jonathan did end up with a battle wound on his neck.

“There was one person who clawed me,” Jonathan says half-smiling, as he shows off a fresh scrape above the collar of his plaid shirt. “The things I do for a good scare.”

Bloody cuts aside, the brothers call the day a success.

“We just love interacting with our fans face-to-face. It just makes what we do a little more real,” Drew says as they prepare to leave the museum and head to location.

Originally Posted on Mashable June 5, 2015

Property Brothers At Home on the Ranch

The newest Property Brothers spinoff finds Jonathan and Drew Scott returning to a place that they both love in the Alberta, Canada, area. Drew and Jonathan will be working with their older brother, JD Scott, over a period of 10 weeks to renovate a close family friend’s Rocky Mountain home. From what Jonathan and Drew told Variety, this was a fun project to work on and involved the entire Scott family.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but we were ranch kids—we grew up corralling horses, herding cattle and working hard on the farm. So we can’t wait to take this trip down memory lane to help out our dear family friends,” said Jonathan. Commenting on the hour-long episodes Drew added, “It’s a family affair — mom, dad and JD are all here to help. And if you thought last season’s reno in Vegas was fun, giddy-up because you ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Fans of the twins will be in for a special treat when the multi-talented Drew and Jonathan perform two country music songs on the show. The Hollywood Reporter shared that Drew and Jonathan Scott traveled to Nashville where they co-wrote Hold On and Let the Night Shine In with songwriters Victoria Shaw and Chad Carlson. There is even some great cover art they produced to showcase their music. For those who don’t want to wait, Jonathan and Drew’s songs are now available for download.

“Music has just always been part of our lives, something we’re passionate about — we grew up on a ranch where most weekend nights ended in us all around the campfire, with our dad playing guitar,” they explained of their new venture in a joint email to THR. “There have been times in our lives where people have told us something just can’t be done, and we’ve become addicted to proving these naysayers wrong.”
For those unfamiliar with the Scott brothers, Jonathan and Drew are an HGTV staple. Together, they are a home improvement force to be reckoned with, but the brothers each have their own areas of expertise. Drew is a real estate expert who is always looking for distressed properties and handles the financial transactions, while Jonathan is a licensed contractor and his specialty is home renovation. With the addition of Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch, they now have five shows on the network including: Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Property Brothers at Home, and Brother vs. Brother.
The main theme that runs through all of their various shows is that Jonathan and Drew use their expertise to help families find and purchase homes. Then Drew and Jonathan work their magic, turning run-down properties into beautiful homes specifically designed for every family they work with. Jonathan and Drew Scott are able to do all this and more with a strict time frame to complete each project, and a budget that they must work within.

To kick off the new series, fans of the show may notice what looks like a tongue-in-cheek “wanted” poster of Jonathan and Drew showing up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Simply share or re-tweet the poster on social media, and they will make a charitable donation. HGTV’s Facebook post says it all.
“At Home on the Ranch premieres Wednesday at 9/8c on HGTV. Because the show is all about family, for every share of this poster, we’ll donate $1 to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Let’s cure childhood cancer!”
Are you a fan of Jonathan and Drew Scott? Which show is your favorite, or do you watch them all? Leave your comments, opinions, and thoughts below.
The season premiere of Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch airs on Wednesday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET on HGTV.

Article originally posted on on November 24, 2015

Producers Ball on Best of Toronto

Once again celebrating producers during the Toronto International Film Festival, the 5th annual Producers Ball is always a popular event hosted by the W Network’s Property Brothers.

Held on Friday, September 11th once again at the Royal Ontario Museum the Property Brothers started off the red carpet that night.

Hundreds of actors, producers, media and more came out filled up the ROM for the annual festivities. Features included a photo booth, silent auction, plenty of food, drinks, chocolates and coffee.

With the addition of the Hello Canada VIP lounge this year, guests included Pamela Anderson, Tatiana Maslany, Sophie Simmons, and so much more.

This year, each guest got to take home a nice branded Producers Ball gift box filled with goodies. Nice touch!

A great evening celebrating TIFF and North American media production with proceeds this year going to the Toronto International Film Festival itself as a registered charity.

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Photos by Nick Lee

Originally Posted on Best Of Toronto September 13, 2015