Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HGTV Canada Premiere of Holmes Makes It Right - October 16, 2012

Today is the big day, for Canadians anyway. People in the US will have to wait a while before they get to see Mike's new show, Holmes Makes It Right, which makes its debut on HGTV Canada tonight at 9PM EST.

The first episode of Holmes Makes It Right will be called "A Case Of Shingles."

A Case Of Shingles
 A Case Of ShinglesTuesday, October 16 9:00 AM PDTMike Holmes and his team get on top of a bad roof that has plagued a family for 40 years. The damage Mike uncovers proves they have been coping with leaks for nearly half a century. There’s mold in the attic, barely any insulation and as a result, heat loss like Mike has never seen. Mike and his team conquer the scorching heat and accomplish...

Sounds pretty exciting! I know Mike's excited about it for sure. Yesterday morning, he was busy promoting the new show on a slew of radio and morning programs in Canada. I wonder if he'll do the same kind of promotions in 2013 for the US premiere.

Today in Toronto, Mike Holmes look-alikes wearing overalls and superhero capes will be roaming the streets. Mike put out a video today explaining why... Spot a "Super Mike," and you could win $5,000. Pretty sweet deal!

Yesterday on Mike's Facebook, with only hours left until the new show premieres, Mike updated his cover photo with a scene from a future episode of the new show:
Major roof reconstruction from the premiere episode of Holmes Makes It Right!
Don't miss it. Tuesday October 16th at 9pm on HGTV Canada.

HGTV Canada has also been counting down the hours until the new show with a daily Mike Holmes trivia question. I've posted the previous five questions, but in the last couple of days, the final two questions, question 6 and question 7, were officially posted on the blog.

How Well do You Know Mike Holmes? Fact or Fiction Quiz 6
Posted by Tina Taus, Web Producer Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:30 AM EDT
Two more days until the premiere of Mike Holmes’ new show Holmes Makes it Right on Tuesday, October 16th at 9pm ET|PT. And our Fact or Fiction countdown continues with the reveal of yesterday’s quiz which stated “Mike’s favourite music genres are R&B and Reggae.” This is fact! And to add to that fact, Mike’s favourite musical artists/bands are Beres Hammond and The Temptations.

Today we’re looking into Mike’s television career, see below for today’s Fact or Fiction quiz. As always, don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the correct answer, and to guess at our final fun fact about Mike.

Fact or Fiction? Mike once built sets for television shows...

How Well do You Know Mike Holmes? Fact or Fiction Quiz 7
Posted by Tina Taus, Web Producer Monday, October 15, 2012 9:51 AM EDT
One more day until the premiere of Mike Holmes’ new show Holmes Makes it Right tomorrow at 9pm ET|PT. And our Fact or Fiction countdown continues today with the correct answer to yesterday’s quiz. Yesterday we stated “Mike once built sets for television shows,” and this is fact! Mike built sets for Jon Eakes.

Test your Mike knowledge in our final quiz below and check back tomorrow for the correct answer.

Fact or Fiction? Mike created his own signature drink...


Most people know Mike was a set builder for the Just Ask Jon Eakes show. It was while doing this that he met Michael Quast, who more or less launched Mike's television career. As far as the other question, Mike created his own signature drink... that's true! Mike's signature drink is the Holmes-tini, which is of course Mike's own twist on the martini, shaken not stirred. It contains vodka, peach schnapps, and pineapple juice shaken with ice and served in a chilled glass. Between the sweetness from the juice and the alcohol content, the Holmes-tini is a punch to the face that would knock a light-weight like myself on my ass.

Lastly, the last last (hopefully) last update of the day for now is an article from The Province about Mike and the new show. It talks about his early beginnings, Holmes on Homes days, and the concept behind the new show, Holmes Makes It Right. A worthwhile read...

Mike makes TV right

Famous contractor Holmes has long to-do list

He has come a long way from the three-year-old trying to swing a hammer by his father's side. He has told the tale of his early renovation years so many times, it seems like old hat. For burly contractor Mike Holmes, it's true to character.
He comes from humble beginnings and didn't want the limelight. He marvels at how surreal it is to be master of a multimillion-dollar empire with yet another show set to launch on HGTV.
"Did I ever expect it? No. Did I think (Holmes on Homes) would touch a nerve? Yes. I just didn't see what would happen after that," he said during a quick phone interview from his Toronto office.
What happened after is he became a Canadian institution, developing a wide following with his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to rescuing homeowners from renovation hell and educating viewers in the process that he snagged the No. 3 spot on the Forbes list of trustworthy celebrities, behind only actor Morgan Freeman and filmmaker Ron Howard. "I just can't believe I beat Betty White," he quipped at the time.
His path was interesting, but not the route he recommends. From that three-year-old, he moved on to electrical work by age six, finishing his first basement at 12, dropping out of school in Grade 11 and then by his early 20s getting married, starting a family and running his own company.
It was his admittedly big mouth that got him into TV. He had been building sets for HGTV and got to know an executive who asked Holmes to help him build a custom home. Holmes had no qualms speaking his mind: "I gave him crap about the shows that I saw on the channel and said they were all wrong."
The Toronto native didn't want to be the one to do the right show, but "I guess in the long run it did work. Why? Because I'm point blank; I say it the way I see it."
The Gemini-winning Holmes on Homes, which first aired in 2003, went on to become HGTV's highest-rated show, launching a wide-reaching empire of the Mike Holmes brand - books and a magazine, an inspection company, a charitable foundation to encourage youth into skilled trades, a newspaper column, a cartoon character, a clothing line, a partnership with builders in a quality control program, a green mixed-use planned community in Alberta, another partnership with the Assembly of First Nations to bring good housing to Canada's aboriginal peoples and three more TV shows. The new show, Holmes Makes It Right, plays on his oft-repeated slogan, since trademarked and tattooed on his arm.
It's similar in some ways to Holmes on Homes, but he likes to think it combines elements of all three shows he has done - the others are Holmes in New Orleans, which followed the progress of his crew helping rebuild the home of a Hurricane Katrina victim, and Holmes Inspection, which focused on his pet peeve, shoddy home inspectors - to bring something new. The 49-year-old grandfather shows no signs of slowing down. He's still got too much to do.
Holmes Makes It Right premières Tuesday at 9 p.m. on HGTV with Holmes live tweeting at Twitter.com/Make_It_ Right.

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