Jonathan and Drew Scott make home renovations—not to mention their perfectly coiffed 'dos—look so flawless on the set of their show Property Brothers. But it turns out that all the made-for-TV magic is, in fact, a little too good to be true.
In a recent New York Times profile, Jonathan and Drew are depicted recreating a scene that actually happened a few days earlier, as well as performing certain renovations multiple times in a row.
The incident portrayed is as follows: While filming in Texas, Drew had been renovating a house whose chimney had been ripped off by strong winds. Producers decided to use this new development for the spinoff Brother Vs. Brother, so Drew was set to recreate the scene the next day. Crew members pretended to work on the porch, while Drew peered at the chimney in feigned shock.
"Go inside, guys!" he told the crew members. "I don't want you to work outside; it's too windy!"
The crew ended up filming the moment multiple times. That same day of filming, Jonathan even repeatedly yanked a toilet seat out of the ground to capture just the right effect.
Although this news is somewhat disconcerting, we probably shouldn't be too surprised that HGTV's reality shows aren't always, well, realistic. For example, most fans know that when couples sign up for House Hunters, they usually have already finalized a deal on a property. But the show gets its ratings from the actual house search itself, as well as its entertaining TV personalities. So although viewers know the show is staged, this little piece of the puzzle still doesn't seem to take away from the fun.
"At the end of the day, it has to be interesting television," Drew told the New York Times. "But when we find a load-bearing wall, we are really finding a load-bearing wall."
Looks like there's some things you just can't fake!