Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY Returns for Season 2
"Home & Family," nominated for a prestigious Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program in its first year on the air, has just returned for an all-new second season which debuted on Monday, September 30th, 2013. Hosted by Emmy award winner Mark Steines and TV Host & Best-Selling Author, Cristina Ferrare, "Home & Family" airs daily, Monday - Friday from 10:00am - Noon ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.
For its second season, "Home & Family" has expanded their show with an eclectic and intriguing group of new family members that includes: Building Contractors - The Carey Brothers, Beauty Guru - Kym Douglas, Entertainment Host - Debbie Matenopolous, Lifestyle and Travel Expert - Tanya Memme, Pet Lifestyle Expert - Laura Nativo, Master Chef - Chef Fabio Viviani and Home Furnishing Designer - Ken Wingard.
The Carey Brothers, with 55+ years of experience as award-winning licensed contractors, know how to deliver user-friendly, hands-on advice and money-saving tips on building, remodeling and repairing homes. James and Morris Carey are also the recipients of the George Foster Peabody Award, one of broadcasting's most prestigious honors.
As the author of Bliss Happens: The Six-Week Plan to a Happier, Prettier, Thinner and Richer Life. Bliss Happens, Kym Douglas may be familiar to audiences from her regular appearances on "Ellen." Kym arms her readers with wonderful and useful tips as well as inspiring tools to reinvent themselves, their lives and uncover their overall BLISS (Beauty, Living, Inexpensive, Simplicity and Solutions).
As a part of the E! Channel's weeknight celebrity gossip series, "The Daily 10,"and her experience as part of "The View," Debbie Matenopoulous joins Home & Family, bringing her full service co-hosting expertise to the show.
From A&E's "Sell This House," and "Robotica" on TLC, Tanya Memme has helped over 250 families across America through the tough process of selling their homes, by helping fix them up while also staying within a budget. Also hosting the show "Best Vacations" on KTLA, where Tanya travels the globe visiting exotic locations, her worldly experiences will be a great addition to the family and the show.
Laura Nativo, who is known to her legions of fans as "The Fairy Dogmother," will be engaging viewers to celebrate their pets and teach them to share the incredible joy and enrichment that pets bring into our lives. As a part of many non-profit organizations, Laura dedicates her time to the American Humane Association and PetSmart Charities, shining light on pet homelessness while also providing information and the resources they need for their best friends.
Chef Fabio Viviani will instantly be recognizable to viewers from his appearances on Bravo's hit series "Top Chef," where he earned the title "Fan Favorite." Now, he has become one of the most celebrated chefs in the country, while simultaneously hosting the award-wining and number one lifestyle & food show on the internet.
Ken Wingard, a corporate businessman, turned to his passion of home furnishings and became quite successful in designing for major retailers such as: Crate & Barrel, Martha Stewart, Restoration Hardware, and Target. Ken brings a clean and contemporary look to any home with accent pieces, while still remaining affordable for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to the new family members this season, "Home & Family" will also be encouraging more interaction with the show's viewers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, GetGlue and VIggle.
"Home & Family" creator, Woody Fraser, reveals that "Shows don't work without the talent -- this is the key. Mark and Cristina have amazing chemistry and a wonderful relationship in front of and behind the camera. I am also looking forward to the new family members we are adding to our existing family and are striving for an Emmy this year."
"I am so excited to be back for season 2 and doing a show I love. Our goal for this year is to encourage viewers to feel like they are part of our family. Whether we are cooking in the kitchen, fixing something in the house, exploring ways to improve our health or finding ways to save money -- together we can make a difference to improve all of our lives." - Mark Steines
"I'm very excited about our second season. We have an amazing array of talent joining our show that are experts in their fields and have distinct personalities. Our home is now a real family." - Cristina Ferrare
Marty Tenney is the executive producer, Stacey Patterson, Natalie Thomas and Dan Trunfio are senior producers, and Bob Levy is the director of "Home & Family," from Woody Fraser Enterprises.
The show is broadcast in 1080i, Hallmark Channel's selected HD Format and this program carries a TV-G parental guideline rating.