Jonathan and Drew Scott—twins collectively known at the Property Brothers—among the biggest reality television stars on the planet. They are on the cover of People. Their signature show airs in 150 countries. As The New York Times notes, "The Property Brothers Are Fixing to Take Over the World." (Note: Excellent double use of Southernism "fixing to," NYT.) And this year they are bringing some of that star wattage to Galveston.
The HGTV breakout stars shot the fifth season of Brother Vs. Brother in Galveston over six weeks in February and March. For those unfamiliar with the surprisingly addictive show, it pits real estate agent Drew against his twin, construction contractor Jonathan, with each spending their own money—$600,000, in this case—to purchase and renovate their own properties, with older brother J.D. helping out and playing referee behind the scenes. There are weekly challenges, celebrity guest judges, lots of brotherly teasing and, eventually, one overall season winner.
"There's definitely a lot of risk involved because we've never done a beachfront property and this is our money on the line," says Drew in an HGTV promo. "Here it's gonna be tough: you have the heat, you have the humidity, you have waterfront issues you have to look out for." Judging from these straight-from-the-'80s before pictures, the brothers both have their work cut out for them.
The Galveston season of Brother vs Brother premieres May 31 at 8 p.m., and even for those who wouldn't normally go in for a home makeover show, it should be worth checking out for the exciting glimpses of Galveston. An HGTV teaser promises to feature amusement park rides at the Pleasure Pier, penguins at Moody Gardens, and Gulf activities from shrimping to flyboarding.