Urban Suburban

The hit HGTV Canada series Urban Suburban is back for a second season to help prospective home buyers from Victoria to Halifax faced with a tough decision:  should they make their home in the heart of the city, or will a suburban lifestyle suit them best?

Currently filming in locations from coast-to-coast, this popular series is seeking dynamic Canadian families and couples interested in tackling their real-life real estate dilemmas on-camera for the series set to air on HGTV Canada in Fall 2012.

Produced by Force Four Entertainment Inc., Urban Suburban is hosted by real estate agents and siblings Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin. In each half-hour episode a family or couple that can’t agree between a home in the city or one in the suburbs turn to Sarah and Philip who go head-to-head to find the properties that they think their clients will love. Sarah takes on the suburbs while Philip champions the city, and after touring homes the buyers pick their urban or suburban favourites by factoring in price, space, convenience and lifestyle. Eventually, they decide on the perfect home and neighbourhood for their needs – and either Sarah or Philip will come out a winner.

Are you trying to convince your partner that city living is the way to go or a quiet suburban life will give you more bang for your buck? Enthusiastic Canadian families and couples that are looking for a new home, but are torn between urban and suburban, are invited to apply to appear in upcoming episodes.


Applicants should send an e-mail to casting@forcefour.com with the following:


– the reasons they are moving


– the areas they are considering and why


– approximate budget


– a photo of the family


– contact information



Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment Inc. began operations in 1983, and has now grown into one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies. Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of primetime broadcast programming, earning accolades on the national and international stage. 


The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world.  Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and is owned by President Rob Bromley, Executive Producer John Ritchie, and Director of Business Affairs Gillian Lowrey.  www.forcefour.com


From History Television’s second #1 night in a row and HGTV Canada’s record-breaking premiere of Urban Surburban, to Global’s monstrous summer performance, Shaw Media’s ratings ride continued Wednesday night with another sensational night across many of its channels.

Global’s massive hit series Big Brother continues to be the summer’s blockbuster program, winning the night nationally with 1.3 million viewers 2+ and almost 800,000 in the adults 18-49 demo. In addition, all three plays of Big Brother rank among the top 10 this summer – nationally and in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.

On Wednesday night, Shaw Media’s programming dominated the specialty landscape again, earning the top eight spots across all specialty for adults 25-54 and men 25-54. History Television’s unstoppable fall lineup of compelling and addictive programming continues to lead the pack, owning Wednesday night with six of the top ten specialty programs in the A25-54 category. The premieres of new seasons of Ice Road Truckers and Swamp People brought in almost half a million viewers each (2+), and 219,000 and 174,000 (A25-54) respectively.

HGTV Canada’s new series Urban Suburban became an instant hit, raking in 201,000 (2+) and 113,000 (A25-54) viewers at 10pm, making it the highest Canadian premiere on HGTV over the past year.

As the ultimate destination for the best cable dramas, Showcase’s brand-new series Royal Pains premiered with 335,000 (2+) and 150,000 (A25-54), making it the highest-ranked scripted program across specialty for the night in both the 2+ and A25-54 demos. This program was also ranked top 10 across all key demos.

If you have ever purchased a home in Canada or have thought of purchasing one, you have faced the all-too familiar dilemma – urban or suburban?

Beginning Wednesday, August 31 at 10pm ET/PT, brand new Canadian original series Urban Suburban will showcase Canadian families stuck making that very decision.

Brother and sister real estate experts Philip DuMoulin and Sarah Daniels face off in each episode as they guide families through urban and suburban houses – competing to find each family their perfect location, price, and home.

Philip takes on the urban landscape, proving to potential homeowners that urban living doesn’t necessarily mean tiny square footage and prices as high as the skyscrapers. Sarah takes families through suburbia, showing that not all of these homes are cookie-cutter replicas and personalities exist beyond the stereotypical soccer mom. Each family will ultimately make their own decision, based on the location that suits them best.

“Urban Suburban is HGTV’s first show to confront the dilemma home buyers face when choosing urban or suburban” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Philip and Sarah maintain an excellent tug of war between the choices, all the while providing viewers  with useful tips and information on how to make their way through this difficult decision.”

“We’re delighted to be working with HGTV on this series to address an often overlooked, but an important fundamental real estate buying decision,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer & Partner at Force Four Entertainment Inc. “From Vancouver to Halifax, homebuyers are confronted with this same decision at various stages in their lives, and we’re hoping the series will provide insight for viewers in an entertaining, yet informative way.”

Filmed in major cities across Canada, Urban Suburban truly represents a national dilemma. Potential homeowners in Vancouver, Halifax, Winnipeg and Toronto all face the same problem, although each city has their own characteristics to take into consideration. In the end a choice must be made, and after visiting six houses with Philip and Sarah, each family must choose just one to make their home – but will it be urban or suburban?

For further information on Urban Suburban, exclusive content from the hosts and to watch full episodes the day after they air, visit www.hgtv.ca.