We love furniture and we definitely l.o.v.e. Ellen! In case you missed it or don’t know yet, Ellen DeGeneres’ next 6-episode adventure, “Ellen’s Next Great Designer,” has premiered its first 2 episodes on HBO Max this past April 22; new episodes will air weekly.
In this HBO Max Original, Ellen—who serves as an executive producer—gives uniquely talented, up-and-coming furniture designers the chance to push their creativity to the limit. The designers will compete in innovative furniture-making challenges from studios in their hometowns, with DeGeneres appearing in each episode to surprise and delight the contestants and the judges. Acclaimed actor Scott Foley brings his passion for furniture design to his role as Host and judge. Joining Foley as judges are renowned interior designer Brigette Romanek and award-winning, one-of-a-kind contemporary artist and designer Fernando Mastrangelo.
The contestants kicking off this once-in-a-lifetime competition are brilliant, award-winning designers Christina Z. Antonio, Arielle Assouline-Lichten, and Erica Sellers in New York City; Alejandro Artigas in Los Angeles; Mark Grattan in New Hope, PA; Paul Jeffrey in Phoenix, AZ; and Urvi Sharma in Providence, RI, who specialize in using wood, metal, stone, fabric, glass, and other materials for their creations.
For their final challenge, the remaining designers face the ultimate test: creating a cohesive three-piece collection for Brigette’s iconic Los Angeles home. Sharing a studio for the first time, the finalists move at a record pace to conceive their collections, source materials, and build pieces stunning enough to earn the title of “Ellen’s Next Great Designer” – and the $100,000 grand prize. This season’s final episode will air on Friday, May 20th.
- “Back to Basics”
- “Portia’s Art of Design”
- “Shaping Up with Ellen”
- “Foley Artists”
- “Ellen Loves Surprises”
- “The Collection”