Vern Yip’s Home Intervention debuts Sunday; Doug Wilson’s Moving Up airing.

Vern Yip’s Home Intervention debuts Sunday; Doug Wilson’s Moving Up airing.
Just about a year after quitting Trading Spaces and announcing he was moving to NBC, Vern Yip finally makes it to the air with Home Intervention. The one-hour special debuts Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and watches as Vern “helps one deserving family complete their unfinished dream home.”

On a conference call with reporters, Vern told me that he hopes “to be able to do more” episodes, but “as of this moment, we’ve only” filmed one episode. How does the series differ from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition or TLC’s In a Fix? Vern said they’re not redoing people’s homes for them, but instead, “we’re trying to absolutely empower people.”

An asshat reporter from another publication asked Vern repeatedly if he’d be taking off his shirt, a la his former Trading Spaces colleague Ty Pennington, Vern said, “We’re not about taking off our shirts and showing flesh.”

Another of Vern’s Trading Spaces colleagues kicked off his own new show recently: in addition to designing on the show that made him a star, Doug Wilson is now hosting TLC’s Moving Up. The new series, which airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET, “follow[s] a chain of new homeowners who move into one another’s homes and begin the design and renovation process that occurs during the first six months of adjusting to their new digs.” Of course, the old homeowners will revisit their original homes, and probably cry when they discover their old spaces have been destroyed.

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