TV Talk: Hallmark’s Home and Family Returns for Season 5

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Home & Family hosts Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos

Hallmark Channel’s weekday talk and lifestyle series Home & Family is as plucky and cheerful as one of the network’s signature rom-coms. At the end of Season 4, former “Family Member” Debbie Matenopoulos was promoted to co-host after the June departure of longtime host Cristina Ferrare. Matenopoulos says that with the help of her co-host, Mark Steines, the transition has been a smooth one. “He is an amazing friend and a top notch co-host. He is so good at what he does and at the top of his game. I have been hosting television shows since my days at The View when I was only twenty-one years old so I feel very comfortable in my new position. Not to mention, having a great time. A day does not go by on the set where we don’t laugh so hard we nearly cry.”

And in Season 5, Matenopoulos and Steines will continue the series’ longstanding tradition of interviewing entertainment’s most interesting and beloved names. “I am excited over all for this new season!” gushes Matenopoulos of the fun that she, Steines, and the series’ close-knit “Family Members” have in store. “We are such a close knit group and what you see on TV is truly what you get. We really are like a family we share our highs and lows, our good days and bad days, our successes and failures, and everything in between. I think that’s the reason our fans keep coming back.” 

The series’ close-knit experts includes beauty specialist Kym Douglas, healthy living advocate Sophie Uliano, designer Paige Hemmis, medical expert Matt Iseman, garden coach Shirley Bovshow, chef Fabio Viviani, DIY expert Ken Wingard, pediatrician Dr. J.J. Levenstein, family man Matt Rogers, renegade chef Dan Kohler, men’s fashion expert Lawrence Zarian, fashion designer Orly Shani and mommy lifestyle expert Kristin Smith. Each lends his or her expertise to DIY projects, cooking segments, crafts, lifestyle and fashion pieces and general on-set antics.

Check out Home & Family’s premiere week exciting guests and craft-tastic DIY fun!

Monday, Sept. 12 – Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome pastor Victoria Osteen; Adam Nimoy, the son of actor Leonard Nimoy, talks about his new documentary For the Love of Spock; the finalists of the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards roll over for a visit; DIY expert Ken Wingard creates DIY Spock bookends; renegade chef Dan Kohler breaks down the science behind brain freeze; and learn how to build a DIY pallet coffee table with design expert Paige Hemmis.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome Hallmark stars Paul Greene and Danica McKellar to cook a delicious dish; actor Hal Linden from the musical “The Fantasticks” joins us; chef Margarita Kallas makes all-natural ice cream and vegetable sprinkles; Bishop T. D. Jakes visits our home; Madeline Fraser from Homee Interiors reveals our newly redesigned family room and breakfast nook; psychologist Julie Austin leads a discussion about the loss of a pet; Hollywood beauty specialist Kym Douglas shares her favorite functional jewelry; and Maria Provenzano makes DIY mini animal canvases.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome actress and singer Naya Rivera to talk about her memoir, Sorry, Not Sorry; Simone Missick from the Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage is here; celebrity chef Sharone Hakman cooks a delicious dish; the author of “Everything is Possible,” aerialist and acrobat born without legs, Jen Bricker joins us; Leonard Kleinrock, known as the “Father of the Internet,” is in our home; design expert Paige Hemmis creates DIY home state art; fashion designer Orly Shani shows you fashionable DIY colorblock sweaters; healthy living advocate Sophie Uliano makes an energizing, all-natural afternoon snack.

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome actress D’Arcy Carden from NBC’s The Good Place; nutritional therapy practitioner Breanne Rice cooks a delicious dish; touch therapy expert Michelle Ebbin shows you an accupressure facelift; Kathy Freston, the author of “The Book of Veganish,” is in our home; family man Matt Rogers and medical expert Matt Iseman try to break Guinness World Records; fashion designer Orly Shani makes trendy DIY feather purses; and save money with Hollywood Steals and Sandie Newton.

Friday, Sept. 16 – Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos welcome actress Katee Sackhoff from Netflix’s Longmire; actress Michelle Ang talks about AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead; television host and author of “One Pan Nan,” Nan Kelley cooks a delicious dish; DIY Star Amber Kemp-Gerstel creates a DIY placemat clutch; men’s fashion expert Lawrence Zarian shows you what’s new for fall jackets; garden coach Shirley Bovshow has everything you need to know about bringing your plants indoors from cooler temperatures; and Hollywood beauty specialist Kym Douglas leads a talk about toxic girlfriends.

Home & Family is always one of TV’s most warm and welcoming viewing destinations; the series seems to thrive in its ability to surprise and delight its fans. I especially love when the series hosts reunion episodes and brings together the cast members of a beloved series for a morning of memories and merriment.

Home & Family > Hallmark Channel > Weekdays beginning Sept. 12 at 10am-noon ET/PT, 9am-11am CT

1 Comment

  1. How do you call yourself Home & Family? Who fires family members? I gave the new host a chance but no longer believe there is anything “family” about the show. You have lost another viewer!! I am also joining the boycott of Hallmark due to ageism. If the viewers of your programs are over the coveted 18 to 49 year olds the program is cancelled, case in point the heavily promoted Cedar Cove.

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