If there’s one lesson to take away from this god-awful year, it’s that a little kindness and generosity can go a long way. Although producers on the HGTV hit Celebrity IOU had no way of knowing it when the show premiered in April, its sweet premise—in which celebrities connect with Drew and Jonathan Scott, aka the Property Brothers, to help facilitate a home makeover for a deserving member of their circle—would prove to be exactly what we needed in a year filled with so many challenges and hardships.
The second season premiered last night with an episode featuring Jonathan Scott’s girlfriend, actress Zooey Deschanel. The New Girl star and celebrated singer teams up with Drew and her Property Brothers beau to remodel the home of her childhood best friend, who is in need of an upgrade following the birth of her second child. In addition to getting a glimpse of the playful affection between Zooey and Jonathan, the episode delivers the goods in much the same way the first season did: By combining the innate appeal of "wait-untill-you-see-it" home improvement shows with the warmhearted generosity of other HGTV hits like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The first season featured stars like Jeremy Renner, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, and Brad Pitt, who helps turn his longtime makeup artists’ tiny stand-alone garage into a full studio and guest house, complete with a Murphy bed and secret bookcase. Season two will feature Oscar and Emmy-winner Allison Janey, This Is Us star Justin Hartley, and Rainn Wilson of The Office.
With plenty of star power, satisfying before-and-after reveals, and a huge helping of heart, it’s easy to see why Celebrity IOU became HGTV’s highest-rated first-year series in the network’s history. If 2020 has taken its toll on your attitude, the Scott brothers and their celebrity friends can fix-up your mood like a crew of craftspeople in an unfinished basement.
The first season of Celebrity IOU is now available on-demand through HGTV; new episodes of season 2 premiere Monday nights at 9pm ET. Use the link below to get $10 off your first month of Sling Blue with our Lifestyle Extra pack free for 30 days.