Sneak-Peek Preview on New Year's Day @ 1 pm ET Immediately Following Rose Parade Series Premieres Sundays at 10 pm ET/PT Starting January 7, 2007
KNOXVILLE, TN [November 15, 2007] - Actress Rachelle Carson often sees red over living green with her quirky, eco-obsessed husband, the Emmy-nominated actor Ed Begley Jr. The result is HGTV's hilarious and feisty new family docu-soap, Living with Ed. Set in the couple's entirely solar-powered, modest, two-bedroom Hollywood home, the six-episode series takes viewers inside the unconventional lifestyle and comically contentious chemistry of the duo, and also offers real tips on ways to create a more eco-friendly home. A Sneak-Peek Preview of the series will be shown at 1 pm ET/PT on New Year's Day, following a special appearance by Ed and Rachelle in Pasadena to join the hosts of HGTV's broadcast of the 118th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The series will premiere in its regular timeslot on Sunday nights beginning January 7, 2007 at 10 pm ET/PT.
Begley may be best known for his role on the 1980s hit hospital drama "St. Elsewhere," but these days his favorite job is that of ultra-green homeowner. He has been a committed environmentalist since 1970—driving an electric car that he recharges in his garage, using solar-powered backpacks to charge phones, and riding his bicycle to the Academy Awards. But his painstaking efforts often make Rachelle roll her eyes with exasperation. Can this loving yet stormy relationship survive Begley's passion for recycling and saving energy?
Some viewers will be inspired by Ed's sincerity and his unrelenting efforts to transform his home into a shining eco-friendly example, while others are sure to relate to Rachelle's desire for a normal existence and a new home with more space and less restrictions. In the series, Ed clocks Rachelle's shower with a stopwatch, amusingly taunting her outside the bathroom door about how many gallons of water she's wasting. HGTV cameras also capture Ed happily pedaling a stationary bicycle that powers his toaster, and then cut to the kitchen where his bread pops up. As Rachelle teases him, viewers learn that the morning exercise has just generated the electricity to make Ed's breakfast. Ed will also take viewers around his lush garden, where he cooks homegrown organic vegetables outside on a solar-powered oven, constantly rolling it around the yard as the sun shifts.
Humor certainly fuels the fast-paced series, but it also runs on something else: a unique aspect is that the production itself is a green operation—using hybrid vehicles, recycling materials used during filming, shooting with solar-powered television cameras, tapping into Ed's power grid to charge phones, and much more.
"As HGTV's first foray into the popular sustainable living trend, we're excited about the thoroughly engaging Living with Ed," says Melissa Sykes, senior vice president, programming. "It's funny and full of heart, but it's also chock-full of great ideas families can use to make their homes more energy efficient."
For instance, Begley recommends replacing normal light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use a fraction of the energy and last nine times as long. Energy-saving thermostats, extra insulation, double pane windows and an energy-efficient refrigerator also go a long way towards environmentally-savvy savings, he says.
It can't be easy Living With Ed, but it's certainly entertaining to watch!
HGTV is America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, and is distributed to more than 89 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top- rated networks. HGTV.com is the nation's leading online home and garden destination that attracts an average of 5.2 million unique visitors per month. HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the Canadian network's daily programming. The network's branded programming also can be seen in 41 other countries and its selected programming is available to service men and women on board Navy ships and through American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS) which services more than 1,000 outlets in over 175 countries. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, HGTV is wholly owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP), which also operates Food Network, DIY - Do It Yourself Network, Fine Living and Great American Country.
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