BUTTE — The national television network HGTV airs the pilot of “Buttetification’’ — featuring the renovation of a historic home on West Park Street in Butte — at noon Sunday, June 11, and 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 14.
The pilot features Montana residents Amy and Ty Free as they renovate an 1897 Queen Anne, owned by Kathleen and Erik Nelson.
The network, which features lifestyle, gardening and home-improvement content , is taking the Butte revitalization concept to TV screens across America with the pilot that’s all about renovating homes on the Richest Hill on Earth.
Sherry Sellers — executive producer at Dorsey Pictures, the Denver company that’s producing the show — cautioned that “Buttetification” isn’t a fully-fledged TV show yet. That, she said, will depend on viewers.
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Sellers explained that the pilot is just one part of a long process that goes into creating a TV show. Not all pilots become shows, and some of the pilots don’t even make it to air, the executive producer said.
Before Dorsey could even start filming “Buttetification,” the concept had to be presented before an HGTV committee, who signed off on the pilot to see what the show might look like on screen. Sellers said the shooting started before Christmas and concluded in April.
Because not all pilots make it to viewers’ TV screens, “Buttetification” is lucky that it gets to air twice in June. And if viewers respond well, HGTV could give the show the green light and sign up for more episodes, said Sellers.
“If all goes well a Montana couple could have their own show,” she said, adding that she has “all fingers crossed.”