Jonathan Knight is moving from “Hangin’ Tough” to hanging drywall in a new pilot episode for HGTV. The Grammy-nominated star of New Kids on the Block will lead a new series that allows fans to follow Knight “Step By Step” as he restores a centuries-old New England farmhouse.
The show is received a pilot order from HGTV and is being called “Farmhouse Fixer”. The episode will feature Jonathan, who has renovated more than 200 houses over 20 years according to the network’s announcement, as he “preserves the farmhouse’s historic charm and adds a modern layout with high-end amenities”. HGTV stopped short of announcing an air-date for the pilot, but it’s currently scheduled to hit the network sometime in 2019.
“Old farmhouses are American treasures,” said Jonathan in a statement. “Most have been in the same family for 200 years and have never been renovated. And they’re disappearing fast. If we don’t save them, they’re going to be gone.”
With a reach of over 90M U.S. households and a website that attracts an average of 9.7M people each month, HGTV is a pretty great place for Knight to launch a second-career. We don’t know which of HGTV’s other shows will be the lead-in for “Farmhouse Fixer” but Knight has a lot of competition if he wants to be the king of restoration. A few of the larger hits on the network include “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop,” along with franchises like the ever-popular “House Hunters”. Don’t forget about the “Property Brothers,” Knight only has half the leading cast going up against the popular brother-duo and they have a pretty big head start.
That being said, there are a lot of fans out there in their late 30s and early 40s that were loyal to the NKOTB crew who are probably steady HGTV viewers. Knight could attract a lot more fans to the network if the Pilot gets picked up by HGTV. We will have to wait until 2019 to get a look at the new series, but “Baby, I Believe in You”.