'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' Alum Thom Filicia Joins HGTV Family

12:05 PM PST 04/13/2011 by Lesley Goldberg

The home and lifestyle network also unveils 2011 lineup with more than 10 new series.

HGTV has designs on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Thom Filicia.

The home and lifestyle network has inked a development deal with the interior designer that will see Filicia appear across the network and star in a holiday special.

“We are excited to welcome someone of Thom Filicia’s caliber to our growing HGTV family,” HGTV GM Kathleen Finch said. “As one of the country’s top designers, his design work is fresh, vibrant and extremely accessible and we think he fits in perfectly with our design experts and program offerings.”

The Filicia pact was one of multiple upfront announcements HGTV made Wednesday. The network, distributed to more than 99 million homes in the U.S., also unveiled a slate of new titles and pacts with pacts with 11 other experts including Real Housewives of New Jersey's Dina Manzo, who will star in Dina's Party, a party-planning series set to bow in September.

Among its other additions are surprise home makeover series HDTV'd; Run My Makeover, where at-home designers will re-create speace in a viewer's home via HGTV.com; My Yard Goes Disney, which create over-the-top backyards worthy of a theme park; spinoffs House Hunters on Vacation and Selling L.A. are also set for June.

A full rundown of HGTV's new 2011 lineup, along with premiere dates, follows:

HGTV Green Home 2011, premieres Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m.
Hollywood at Home, premieres Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m.
Room Crashers, premieres Saturday, June 4, at noon.
My Yard Goes Disney, premieres Monday, June 6, at 8 p.m.
House Hunters on Vacation, premieres Monday, June 6, at 8:30 p.m.
HGTV’d, premieres Monday, June 6, at 9 p.m.
HGTV Design Star, premieres Monday, July 11.
Home By Novogratz, premieres Thursday, July 28.
Run My Makeover, premieres in July.
HGTV Urban Oasis 2011, premieres Monday, Sept. 5.
Dina’s Party, premieres in September.
All American Handyman, premieres in September.
The High Low Project, premieres in September.
Selling L.A., premieres in October.

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