Ben and Erin Napier Take 'Home Town' on the Road In a New HGTV Series

HGTV is launching a nationwide call to find towns that could use some of the 'Home Town' touch. It's all part of an ambitious new series — 'Home Town Takeover'. In this exciting new project, Erin and Ben lead a team of renovation pros as they takeover and makeover an entire small town. Could your town be the next 'Home Town'?

January 07, 2020
As seen on Home Town, Ben and Erin Napier (C) have completely renovated the Hogue residence in downtown Laurel, Mississippi. The exterior now features a new raised porch area, new paint and a new front door that welcomes the Hogues to the downtown area. (portrait)

In their upcoming series, Ben and Erin expand their horizons — branching out to restore and renovate beyond their own hometown.

Photo by: Todd Douglas/ Getty Images

Todd Douglas/ Getty Images

In their upcoming series, Ben and Erin expand their horizons — branching out to restore and renovate beyond their own hometown.

'Home Town' Without Borders

Restoring and revitalizing an old or historic home has its challenges. Fans of HGTV’s popular series Home Town know that – and so do the show’s hosts Ben and Erin Napier. But what about breathing new life into an entire town that’s struggling and in need of some TLC? Now there’s a challenge. But that’s precisely what HGTV has in mind for an all-new concept series Home Town Takeover, a six-episode special event slated to air on HGTV in 2021.

As luck would have it, in addition to home renovation, Erin and Ben have some relevant experience in the realm of whole-town transformation. They’ve not only helped rescue and enhance dozens of homes in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, they’ve also played a pivotal role in helping revitalize the city’s downtown while preserving and celebrating the town’s architectural treasures, endemic charm and historic features.

It’s all elemental to the same overarching mission – helping to create and foster a town persona that draws on its roots, history and traditions.

Ben and Erin Napier in downton Laurel, Mississippi. (Synidcation)

The passion, inspiration and expertixe that Erin and Ben have brought to their hometown of Laurel, they'll now share with another deserving community.

Photo by: Laura Armour Good

Laura Armour Good

The passion, inspiration and expertixe that Erin and Ben have brought to their hometown of Laurel, they'll now share with another deserving community.

Now Erin and Ben are ready to expand their horizons beyond Laurel and take their trademark inspiration, dedication and expertise to other small towns as well.

Renovating one house at a time is an awesome experience. But the chance to support an entire town, where we help bring a community back to life — that's something we’ve always wanted to try.

Ben Napier

The Search

So just how, you ask, might you have your own home town considered for a whole-town overhaul? So glad you asked. Through Tuesday, February 4, 2020, any citizen of a small town (population 40,000 or less) who loves their own hometown can go to HGTVHomeTownTakeover.com and log on to show, tell – and sell – HGTV on why theirs is the one town most deserving to be featured in the special series.

Applicants should strive to highlight aspects of their town that make it special, fascinating, historic or unique — including distinctive features like vintage period architecture, special destinations or a classic main street.

Photo by: Grant Rivera/Apex Studios

Grant Rivera/Apex Studios

What next? Citizens of the selected town can expect to witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes as well as the revitalization of public spaces —parks, local diners or restaurants and outdoor recreation areas.

"This is a big one," says Erin. "HGTV has never, ever taken on a whole-town renovation and restoration project, and we’re so proud and excited to be leading the team that will get it done. Show us those photos and videos. Tell us what makes your town special and how you’d like us to help make it better. You may see us in your town soon."

Check out Ben and Erin on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday, Jan. 8 as they share additional insights on this new and innovative event-series.

Can't Wait Until 2021?

As they await the premiere of Home Town Takeover, fans of Ben and Erin can watch the duo in the 16-episode new season of the original hit series, Home Town. The new season premieres Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at 9p|8c. Fans can also catch up on full episodes from previous seasons on HGTV GO.

All Things 'Home Town'

For more about both the original Home Town series — and for updates on the upcoming spinoff Home Town Takeover visit HGTV.com/HomeTown. There you'll find exclusive content including behind-the-scenes videos, web-exclusive bonus series, before-and-after photo galleries, show news and feature articles. Fans can also interact on social media using #HGTVHomeTown.

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