Every once in a while, a new show taps into something we didn’t know we wanted or needed — and then we have to wonder, “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?”
A new and totally unconventional series called “Murder House Flip” is coming soon, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a home makeover show that takes on houses where a murder happened. Kind of creepy, but also pretty intriguing. Quibi, a new short-form video service where the show will air, has released the first trailer for the show.
As the trailer notes, "Murder and makeover don't usually go together." But this show is all about designers giving "new life and energy" to former crime scenes.
"To afford to live by the beach, we had to buy a house where a guy chopped his wife up," one homeowner says in the video.
“We are thrilled to bring this one-of-a-kind series to life and dive into a world that combines America’s two biggest TV obsessions: true crime and home renovation,” said Elyse Seder, senior vice president of alternative and syndicated programming for Sony Pictures Television, in a press release issued to TODAY Home.
The show — coming from "CSI" producer Josh Berman, "Penny Dreadful" producer Chris King and author Katherine Ramsland — will premiere April 6.
So, what can viewers expect from this new home improvement show? A “colorful cast of forensic specialists, spiritual healers and high-end renovation experts,” according to the press release. “(They’ll) uncover the crimes, shocking secrets and scandalous history of the homes."
And as with all home makeover shows, there will be some gritty hard work involved. Although, removing blood stains sounds a little more gruesome than your typical home renovation task, like creating an open layout or adding hardwood floors.
But, hopefully, as with other home renovation shows, the house will feel brighter and fresher in the end. Berman said the projects will bring “healing and solace to families living in the aftermath of tragic events by transforming dark places into healthy spaces."
Another unique aspect about the show is that it will be released in short-form content, meaning each episode will be much quicker than your average HGTV show (Quibi’s content pieces are expected to be no more than 10 minutes long, each.)
Now that we know the premiere date and have see the trailer, true crime fans can look forward to tuning in to the show they never knew they needed.
This story was originally published Sept. 13, 2019.