After a major publicity push to generate buzz for the October 11, 2022 premiere of its new series, The Renovator, starring economist Marcus Lemonis, HGTV pulled the show without explanation after airing just two episodes. Here’s what you need to know…
Host Marcus Lemonis now says the first few episodes of The Renovator were a “sneak peek.”
Lemonis has risen to fame and fortune as a successful entrepreneur while also serving as CEO of Camping World and starring on CNBC’s The Profit for a decade. He’s excited about the launch of his new HGTV show because it’s given him a chance to highlight some of his lesser-known passions, including home design, personal finance, and interpersonal communication skills.
In the weeks leading up to its premiere, “The Renovator” was promoted by Lemonis and HGTV as a new eight-episode series airing Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 a.m. Central. The first two episodes were scheduled to air on October 11 and 18.
But on Oct. 21, Lemonis posted on social media that the series would return in 2023. He uploaded the show’s 90-second “Sneak Peek” promo, which had aired during some shows on the network and was made available to select media before the series premiered.
Lemonis wrote: “We hope you enjoyed the sneak peek from #TheRenovatorHGTV… watch the first two sneak peek episodes on @discoveryplus and on demand @hgtv… see you in early 2023… we can’t wait for you.” meet more families… have fun fall and holidays”
His wife, fashion manager for four years Bonnie Lemonis, who played a key role behind the scenes, helping with her husband to choose furniture and decor, commented on Instagram, “We did it honey!”
While many followers commented on Lemonis’ posts to say how much they enjoyed the first two episodes, others expressed confusion and frustration at the season’s abrupt halt.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer replied: “Wait … What is this about? Was that just a teaser? Eventually I’ll have to wait until 2023 for a full season or even just a new episode of #TheRenovatorHGTV???? Why am I only learning this now??? How long is the wait?”
Another wrote: “Very disappointed we have to wait until 2023 to see more episodes!”
“We enjoyed the first two episodes but we want to see more NOW,” commented one man. “Come on Marcus, make it happen. We love this new show.”
Lemonis simply replied, “Everybody loves a look.”
Instead of airing the third episode of “The Renovator” on October 25, which was supposed to lead to a new episode of “Good Bones” season 7, HGTV replaced the show with a repeat of “Good Bones.”
Ratings for “The Renovator” plummeted after the premiere episode
Lemonis has done a lot of publicity to generate interest in launching “The Renovator,” from sending gift boxes to HGTV hosts, some of whom have shared t-shirts and treats they received via social media, to to conducting interviews with a variety of media. HGTV aired a 90-second “preview” of the first episode and released press materials announcing that the new eight-episode series would be released on October 11.
Lemons said reality blurred Earlier in October that he pitched the idea for “The Renovator” to HGTV in early 2020, hoping to direct a renovation show where he would not only improve a family’s home but also their financial and interpersonal struggles. Although network executives said it would be “very different” for HGTV, they agreed June 2021 announced that they had given the green light for the show to debut in 2022.
Lemonis told Reality Blurred that the episodes would get “saltier” as the season progressed.
He said: “We will be dealing with a husband and daughter who died in their family and were unable to move on. We will be dealing with a spouse hiding $200,000 in cryptocurrency from their other spouse coming out. We’re going to deal with mold and diseases that the family didn’t know about, and the guy almost died. So the episodes are going to be a little saltier.”
Despite heavy publicity, the premiere episode didn’t draw as many viewers as HGTV’s most popular shows. According to USTVDB, The first episode drew a total of 607,000 viewers, but ratings fell to 570,000 the following week, making it the least-watched new show on the network for the week of October 17, 2022. In contrast, the network’s most popular show of the week, the season finale of “Farmhouse Fixer” had 1,289,000 viewers.
At the time of publication, neither HGTV nor Lemonis had responded to Heavy’s request for comment on the status of The Renovator.
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