From its oak-lined streets to its lovely, turn-of-the-century homes, Laurel is a charming and gracious southern town where people sit on their front porches in the evenings and everyone knows your name. When new folks move to town, Erin and Ben use artistry, woodworking, community, history and storytelling to welcome them to the neighborhood, help them find a house, and turn it into a home filled with personal collections, comfort and warmth.
Home Town was the highest rated pilot in HGTV history drawing 2.2 million viewers for its first episode. Building on the success of seasons 1-3, Home Town has become the #1 show on HGTV in its 4th season, as well as one of the most-watched shows on all of cable television with 2.5 million viewers per episode.
Season 5 premieres January 3rd on HGTV and January 4th on Discovery+.
Home Town: Ben's Woodshop
For HomeTown: Ben’s WorkshopFor those who can’t see enough of master woodworker Ben in action, a new original series, Home Town: Ben’s Workshop, will launch Monday, Jan. 4, only on discovery+. In the four-episode series, Ben will share his expertise in craftsmanship and carpentry with celebrity guests including, astronaut Scott Kelly, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, comedian Loni Love and multi-platinum country star Chris Lane. Ben’s visitors are in for a fun Southern experience - building iconic wood projects and making surprise visits to donate them to the community or a neighbor.
"I grew up watching master woodworker Norm Abram on TV and it's been a dream of mine to make a show like that, focusing on woodworking and craftsmanship,” said Ben. “Social media followers told me they wanted this show, too, so it's been a lot of fun bringing guests into my shop to swap stories and share the trade with them, all for Home Town fans to hopefully enjoy."
Home Town Takeover
Home Town Takeover is a six-part docu-series that will premiere on HGTV in 2021. For the upcoming series, the residents of Wetumpka, Alabama were selected for the extensive and far-reaching residential, small business and community space renovations led by Erin and Ben that’s certain to bring new hope and inspiration to an entire community. Home Town Takeover really is something more than just another TV show. This is a heartfelt mission and an initiative with a grand scope to revitalize small town America — and will be HGTV’s single biggest renovation undertaking ever.