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Swedish duo lands TV series on Oprah network

Vivian Tse · 26 Jan 2011, 17:16

Published: 26 Jan 2011 17:16 GMT+01:00

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Their new show, Home Takeover with Simon & Tomas, will premiere on March 28th on OWN, which replaced the Discovery Health Channel on January 1st. The network will initially air six one-hour episodes in which the pair transform décor-challenged homes into stylish abodes.

"Simon and Tomas will take America by storm with their unique sense of style. The duo are not only skilled interior decorators, but their over-the-top personalities also make them fun to watch as they perform their design magic and literally move into the homes they are helping," Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN, wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

Over the last few years, England native Davies has hosted Roomservice, From hovel to castle (Från koja till slott), Big construction team (Stora byggslaget) and Design: Simon och Tomas on Swedish television with his partner Cederlund.

This is the couple's foray into the US. In each episode, neighbours and loved ones nominate out-of-date or over-adorned homes for a makeover.

The "Lords of Fabulousness" kick out the unsuspecting homeowners and move in, sleeping in their beds, eating their food and playing their board games.

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At the same time, they transform the home's offending rooms with the help of a team of contractors and a new design plan. The duo also begs and bickers with reluctant homeowners, intolerant builders and each other throughout each episode.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:40 January 26, 2011 by byke
I am really pleased for them,

This way I dont have to watch their drivel over here.
17:40 January 26, 2011 by calebian22
Two great designers who don't get caught up in their own fabulous pretense and actually think about the living space and the owners who will be living there after the cameras are gone. Good luck to them both!
17:49 January 26, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
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08:28 January 27, 2011 by Kalyissa
I love these two! I loved watching Swedens Ugliest home it was great Swedish practise.
09:30 January 27, 2011 by karex
I like their show, but for the entertainment value. I'm not sure that their design style will catch in the US though. It is way too modern and "loud" for the conservative American home owner.

For instance, I would never allow a designer to paint my walls orange or deep purple...
12:16 January 27, 2011 by procrustes
Good luck, guys..and congratulations!

I would love to see what they will do with living rooms having gun racks, bleached-out animal horns, plastic covered furniture and the all important arms reach tv food trays, wall to wall carpet hosting an unseen insect paradise...

Now that I think about it, I'd stay in the more civilized cities. Do not even think about the Wabash River valley--they would lynch you there.
17:44 January 27, 2011 by GLO
Nice job guys, hope the show is good.
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