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HGTV 'Design Star' Premiere: Who's Your Favorite Designer?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:00PM
HGTV Design StarOn Monday's premiere of the sixth season of HGTV's 'Design Star,' the first challenge saw the designers pair up to decorate rooms in a ginormous New York apartment. It yielded some excellent results -- and more than a few disasters.

Most importantly, we got to know the 12 finalists, who range from a Type-A former newscaster to a criminologist.

After the jump, read my first impressions of the contestants and share your own in the comments.

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Why You Can't Watch Food Network and HGTV on Cablevision

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:30PM
The price battles between TV channels and cable service providers continue. While Time Warner Cable and Fox have called a truce and reached a temporary agreement that allows TWC subscribers to keep watching 'House' and weekend football, the dispute continues between Cablevision and Scripps over fees for Food Network and HGTV, leaving 3.1 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without access to Bobby Flay or 'Design Star.'

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Mark Burnett to Take Over 'HGTV Design Star': How Will He Redesign It?

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 4th 2009 12:43PM
Mark Burnett'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett will take over the reigns at 'HGTV Design Star' from 495 Prods, the Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The British producer will be expected to "infuse [the show] with fresh perspective and innovative ideas that will serve as a blueprint for a successful fifth season," according to HGTV senior vice president of programming Freddy James.

Burnett introduced competition-based reality programming to American audiences. In addition to his work on 'Survivor,' Burnett has produced everything from 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,' to 'The Apprentice' to MTV's 'Bully Beatdown.'

In 2007, his work on 'Survivor' won him an Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Special Class).

'Design Star,' which just wrapped its fourth season in September, is a bit of a departure from Burnett's resume. Which means he may have to spruce it up a little to compete with the intensity of his other shows.

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HGTV: Antonio Ballatore's house is kind of a dump

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 16th 2009 7:03PM
anonio ballatore hgtv design starA lot of you made your feelings heard about Antonio Ballatore winning this season of Design Star by commenting on a post I wrote earlier this week. The scruffy and tattooed LA. designer has tons of fans (just check out his Facebook page), but a lot of HGTV watchers couldn't warm up to his unconventional designs and slacker dude persona.

Me? I'm a fan. The guy is obviously talented. I like his edgy designs and his laid back everyman attitude. His new show, The Antonio Project, will definitely be something different for HGTV. It won't be for everybody, but it'll be refreshing to see a guy like Antonio host a show on a cable network mostly populated by dull yuppie types.

The HGTV Web site has a preview of this Sunday's premiere of The Antonio Project. The former set designer will have to redesign his own home in five days. By the looks of his house, the network is doing Antonio a favor. The place looks like a crime scene or an abandoned strip mall. Head after the jump to see a pic.

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HGTV's 'Design Star' Winner Is Antonio Ballatore

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 14th 2009 3:10PM
Antonio Ballatore HGTV Design StarAntonio Ballatore has won the fourth season of HGTV's reality competition series 'Design Star.'

Ballatore, a 40-year-old set designer from Los Angeles, beat Dan Vickery in the finals to win his very own HGTV series, premiering in January 2010. He'll also star in a one-hour special entitled 'The Antonio Project,' airing next Sunday, Sept. 20 at 10PM. 'The Antonio Project' will feature Ballatore as he attempts to make over his own home in just five days.

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Design Star: Will you watch the winner's new show?

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 14th 2009 9:30AM
design star, antonio, dan, hgtvSeason four of HGTV's Design Star came to an end last night with the final two designers completing the biggest challenge in the show's history. Antonio, known for his edgy designs and laid-back attitude, and Dan, the talented and sweet-natured kid of the bunch, both redesigned an entire house in only 44 hours.

Both designers were cool and confident throughout the challenge, and their final products were nothing short of stunning. These guys know their stuff, and they deserved to make it to the end of the show, beating out nine other contestants for a shot at their own series on HGTV. But there could be only one winner.

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VIDEO The Show Girl: 'Design Star,' 'Dark Blue,' 'Dating in the Dark' & More!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 17th 2009 9:00AM
Vern Yip, HGTV's 'Design Star'You've got questions, I've got answers -- I'm The Show Girl! This week, I get the scoop on the new season of HGTV's 'Design Star,' catch up with Dylan McDermott on the set of 'Dark Blue' and talk 'tween mania with 'Ruby & the Rockits' stars Alexa Vega and David Cassidy.

But what you won't want to miss? A special guest pops by to enlighten me about his new show with a lightning-fast 10-second plug. If you're scared of the dark, bring a flashlight.

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com, follow me on Twitter @TheTVShowGirl and subscribe to The Show Girl video podcast on iTunes. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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