Out of the blue, a few months ago, I got an email from a production company asking if we'd be interested in approaching HGTV for a show.
Seriously?? Of course we would! What fun!
That set off a series of phone calls, video taped interviews and follow up discussions. The production company loved the idea that this is our 'Second Act'. I started SoPo Cottage as an encore career - after having spent decades working for big corporations. And even though all the other shows feature much younger hosts, they thought this was a unique angle and was worth taking forward.
Ultimately, after many many weeks, they created a 3 minute video to pitch to the HGTV execs. That let them see how Richard, Mike from Waterhouse Builders and I interact on camera.
It was a bit unclear when the presentation would happen to HGTV, but I have to admit, I was on pins and needles to find out how it came out.
I finally got the follow up phone call and the feedback was 1) they loved us, 2) they loved Maine and 3) they loved the old cottages and the work we're doing. But they have way too many husband and wife shows. They really want more extended family involvement.
Producer: Do you think Mike could be your son or nephew?
Me: Uh, no. I don't think so. And I'm not sure our daughters would appreciate suddenly having a brother!!
Producer: Would either of your daughters want to move to Maine and work with the family business?
Me: Nope, I don't think that's going to happen! They are very happy with their own careers in different cities. (truth be told, I took the kids on a tour of our latest projects when they visited a few weeks ago. Despite growing up with constant renovation projects going on, they couldn't get out of the houses fast enough!)
So we left it at that. She said if the kids ever come join SoPo Cottage, to be sure and let her know. But for now, it looks like we won't have a TV career :-) Ah well, we have enough going on already!
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