Popular Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, generally known for her passion for architecture and design, will produce a six-episode design competition for HGTV called “Ellen’s Design Challenge”.
The Ellen’s Design Challenge, scheduled to première next year, will feature “six competitors as they tackle ingenious challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture in just 24 hours.”
“I’m so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture,” said Ellen. “One time, I found a beautiful one-of-a-kind armoire that spoke to me in a way I’d never experienced. It turned out there was a drifter living inside it, but that’s a story for another time.”
The series will highlight DeGeneres’ passion for furniture and house design. Contestants will be paired with expert carpenters to complete their assigned tasks. A six-part online companion series also will allow viewers to get to know the designers.
Like similar reality programming, such as Project Runway, would-be designers will attempt to create furnishings with the help of a master carpenter as they race against the clock and face various design challenges.
Lynne A. Davis, vice-president of national broadcast media and talent relations for HGTV and DIY Network, said DeGeneres would be involved in the series, with details of her participation to be announced “at an upcoming date.”
The winning designer will get a cash prize.