Could Ashley and Barrett Gilbreath be the next Chip and Joanna Gaines?
The Gaineses are the Texas twosome who host the popular HGTV series "Fixer Upper," renovating homes side by side while raising four kids in a huge farmhouse in the Waco suburb of Crawford.
Although the Gilbreaths don't have an HGTV show yet, the pilot for "Sweet Home Renovation," which the family shot in the spring, airs Sunday.
Born in California, Ashley Gilbreath's family moved to Baton Rouge when she was 4. She attended St. Luke’s (elementary school) and Episcopal School through 12th grade before moving to Alabama to attend Auburn University, where she met her husband.
"We do projects in Florida, Georgia and beyond," she says in a preview clip from the pilot.
Gilbreath launched Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2007, branching out with the Parish Shoppe, a furniture and home accessory store in Montgomery's Cloverdale district, in 2010.
"We bring a welcoming Southern charm to dozens of projects every year," Ashley Gilbreath says in the preview.
The designer explains that it's not enough for the spaces she transforms to look good.
"They have to be child friendly, dog friendly, red wine friendly," she says, adding, "It's a lot of work, but showing someone their new home makes it all worthwhile."
Like the Gaineses' show, viewers also will meet the 36-year-old Gilbreaths' three young children — Cates, 6; Rett, 4; and Liza, 1. Although Barrett Gilbreath works as a health care company executive, he pitches in with the family business, making the proposed series a real family affair.
The 'Race' starts in N.O.
For the first season of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" back in 2010, the finish line for the mobile cook competitors was New Orleans.
The teams met at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, later cooked a classic catfish dish, and a winner was declared.
For the series's eighth season, which premieres Sunday and is titled "Battle for the South: New Marching Orders," the fun starts in the Big Easy.
In the episode, subtitled "The Big ‘Not So Easy,’ ” the competition also heats up as seven teams have their eyes on the $50,000 grand prize. Food Network personality Tyler Florence returns as host.
Beignets are indeed the episode's first challenge, with the seven food truck teams from across the nation told to whip up their own take on the New Orleans treat and sell them in the French Market.
In the episode's second challenge, "the teams must impress New Orleans celebrity chef Susan Spicer by creating a dish inspired by the popular Hurricane drink," the synopsis states.
Following this, one team is eliminated and six head out for the next city to continue cooking.
This season, the teams will pull in to Pensacola, Florida; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; and Athens, Georgia, with the finale taking place in Savannah, Georgia.
Competing teams are: Braised in the South, of Charleston, South Carolina; The Breakfast Club, of Philadelphia; Mr. Po’ Boys, of Dallas; Papi Chulo’s Empanadas, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; The Southern Frenchie, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Stick ’Em Up, of Rogersville, Tennessee; and Wicked Good Seafood, of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
'Sweet Home Renovation'
WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday
CHANNEL: HGTV (cable Channel 54 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and cable Channel 68 in New Orleans)