Web-Exclusive Video Series: Cousins Deconstructed

Let Anthony and John take you behind the scenes on some of the best Cousins Undercover projects. They'll break down the basics and offer tips and advice.

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Contemporary Kitchen Breakfast Bar With Sheepskin Stools

Updated Country Kitchen With Blue Cabinets and Window Bench Table Seating

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John Colaneri

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Vibrant Blue Living Room With Rustic Details

HGTV Host John Colaneri

HGTV Host Anthony Carrino

Light, Airy Living Room With White Sofa

Eclectic White Dining Room with Orange Chairs

Contemporary Patio With Built-In Benches

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HGTV Host John Colaneri

Transitional Kitchen With Blue Cabinets, Subway Tile Backsplash and Stainless Steal Appliances

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John Colaneri

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About the Hosts

Anthony Carrino

An entreprenuer at heart, this New Jersey native started his own Web design business before opening a construction company with his father.
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John Colaneri

After college, this New Jersey native joined the family business, a custom construction firm.
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About the Show

Every neighborhood has one — that local hero who makes life a little easier for everyone around him or her. Now is America's chance to celebrate neighborhood heroes in a BIG way. Each week, HGTV's cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, give one hero the surprise of a lifetime. First, we send him or her away for a weekend. Once they are gone, the cousins descend on the neighborhood with huge trucks and hulking teams of renovators to tackle a home overhaul customized exactly to the hero. Finally, the cousins and the neighborhood band together to reveal our hero's house, transformed inside and out.

Episodes

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Season 1, Episode 4

Backyard Block Party

When Tania Liddy leaves town for three days to help her sister move, what she doesn't know is that the Cousins, along with her family, friends, neighbors and community leaders, will descend upon her home to completely renovate what is the true epicenter of their tight-knit community: her kitchen, living room and backyard. This is a total surprise for a deserving person who selflessly coordinates all the community's athletic, school-related and social activities. The whole neighborhood is used to working together so they dive right in with John and Anthony to blow Tania away for an exciting reveal she'll never forget!

Thursday
Jul 2

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 2, Episode 1

A Soldier's Home Heals with Help as a Bold, Modern Facade Melds with Rustic Rooms Inside

Anthony and John team up with Ellen Degeneres to create a life-changing surprise for a family who have dedicated themselves to our country despite suffering personal setbacks. Military Veterans Alex and Heather Stephenson bought their home with the hopes of finally planting roots with their three young kids after years of constantly moving. But just after closing on the home, Heather suffered a dangerous auto accident that derailed their plans to address the house's many needs. With her amazing recovery complete, Ellen flies the family out for a sunny L.A. vacation while the Cousins corral local Veterans, town officials and citizens who are eager to help give the Stephensons the dream home they always wanted, complete with a modern exterior and rustic flourishes inside amid the repairs and renovations to their kitchen, living room and master suite.

Thursday
Jul 9

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 3

The Heart of the Neighborhood

While Earl Hart's out of town with his wife and sons for three days, he has no idea that the Cousins will recruit his middle school students, along with Earl's family, friends and neighbors, to completely renovate the entire first floor of his home. They'll also knock through the wall to the backyard to give him direct access to where they'll build new deck to enjoy with his family and neighbors. Earl dedicates every moment of his free time to the students from low income areas, many of who don't have strong role models. So his entire community joins the Cousins to give back to Earl with the surprise of his life.

Thursday
Jul 16

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 2

A Budding Chef's Surprise

While eleven-year-old Johnny Volpe is away for three days on a beach trip, the Cousins go undercover and join together with the entire community who loves and appreciates him to give Johnny and his family a major renovation throughout their entire first floor including their living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. To accomplish all this in such a short timeframe, Anthony and John will rely on all hands on deck to give Johnny an amazing surprise which will not only restore the home's integrity but will become a place better suited for coordinating the family's many volunteer events raising money for cancer research and furthering Johnny's love of cooking.

Thursday
Jul 23

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 7

Veteran's Vintage Overhaul

The young Wendl family leaves their small, close-knit town in Iowa for a fun trip to L.A. that includes watching a live taping of ELLEN. But when Ellen and her special guests, the Cousins, pull them out of the studio audience and onstage, things start to sink in... Anthony and John have already begun an undercover overhaul of their home and recruited the entire town to help. The Wendl's house is seventy years old and while it's filled with flourishes of their personal, vintage style, it's needs a lot of work. Sam Wendl's military service overseas prevented him from having the chance to repair what the house sorely needs much less to create the home in their image. Friends, family and all the whole town pitch in to completely rebuild the exterior, remake entire first floor and give them a backyard to perfectly fit their lifestyle.

Thursday
Aug 6

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 6

Public Servant's Private Oasis

With Mike and his family at the beach for just three days, the Cousins go undercover with the help of his fellow public servants to renovate his huge basement and backyard, both blank canvases with great potential that Mike doesn't have the time or resources to develop. Furiously working to accomplish all this in order to give Mike an amazing surprise in such a short timeframe can only be accomplished by everyone pitching together alongside Anthony and John in the spirit of what Mike has always done for others as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and police officer.

Thursday
Aug 13

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 20, Episode 22

Policewoman's Family Paradise

As a dedicated police officer, Nadia's everyday work is both highly rewarding and extremely taxing. As a wife and mother, her main concern is separating those stresses from her valued home life with her husband and two sons. Their family room and backyard are the heart of all their time together but both are broken down and sorely lacking the design and functionality Nadia has dreamed of for years. So the Cousins and her supportive community come together to surprise her by remaking the family room and completely transforming the backyard to include a soothing rocky stream, in-ground fire pit and pergola for relaxation, lush plant life in all directions and an outdoor living room complete with an all-weather tv.

Thursday
Aug 20

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 1

New Mom's Newest Addition

The Cousins collaborate with Ellen Degeneres to surprise new mom Elizabeth Brehm with a full home renovation. But they can't do this alone. They rely on enthusiastic help from the whole neighborhood and the family and friends who love Elizabeth and want to roll up their sleeves for hard work and fun to give her the home she truly deserves. Since buying the house a year ago, she's been wanting to create a bedroom and nursery in her unfinished, unlivable second floor. But after recently getting laid off from her teaching job, those dreams were put on hold. Now she'll get all that and much more.

Thursday
Aug 27

6:30am | 5:30c

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