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Meet the McGillivrays … and they’re moving

Candid HGTV reality series gets up close and personal with Scott McGillivray and family

After more than a decade of cautioning homebuyers to keep their emotions in check, Scott McGillivray is changing his tune. “Don’t get emotional? Who are you kidding?” says the popular TV host, just days before the premiere of his latest entertainment endeavour. “I won’t be saying that anymore.”

In the new 10-part HGTV Canada series Moving the McGillivrays– airing Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – viewers get an unprecedented glimpse into McGillivray’s personal life as he, his wife Sabrina and their two daughters, Myah, 4, and Layla, 2, find and build their forever home. Designated a reality series, the show captures everything from design decisions to candid conversations to “daddy daycare” time, including emotional highs and lows.

“There’s a lot of raw stuff in the show,” says McGillivray, who learns he tends to “bite off more than he can chew” when trying to deliver results. “It’s about real life, but it’s also about accomplishing it and getting it done.”

In the first episode, cameras are rolling as they check out real estate listings, confront dead wildlife and pay a special visit to McGillivray’s first income property. “You can’t forget where you come from and get too caught up in where you’re going,” he says, adding he remembers being “thrilled” to get that property and lived there for eight years. “I thought it would be nice to bring the kids there … We might be moving into something nice and beautiful but it was a lot of work to get there.”

The McGillivray’s moving wish list includes privacy, storage space, a playroom/craft room and a location that’s closer to the girls’ grandparents. Though they manage to tick off most items, it takes “a little bit more time, more energy and definitely more money,” he says, noting the one expectation they don’t meet is the budget. “It’s coming together … if we don’t hurry up the last episode is going to be a live one.”

With more than 250 renovation projects under his belt, McGillivray’s dream home is a chance to showcase everything he’s learned, and then some. Early on, he unveils a “never been done before” idea for his home office that has people asking: “What in the world is that?” The girls’ craft room is also “pretty intense” and is the ideal spot for Sabrina, a full-time kindergarten teacher, to bring Pinterest DIY projects to life. Viewers are also treated to renovation surprises (good ones) and are introduced to a wealth of new products and design elements.

At the same time he’s working on his dream home, McGillivray continues his long-time support of Habitat for Humanity, helping to build a home for a hardworking family in need. “That journey is expressed in the show as well,” he says. “The family has moved in and is very happy with the result.”

McGillivray believes every show he creates should be a source of credible information and advice and this one’s no different, though episode 6 may be more about parenting than renovating.

“I hope people satisfy their appetite for understanding the genesis of everything we do,” he says. “And hopefully they stick with us because there’s lots more coming.”

In addition to Moving the McGillivrays, is launching two new digital short series:Kick Back with Scott and Moments with the McGillivrays. The candid series feature “never before heard” stories about McGillivray and heartwarming moments shared with his daughters. For more information, visit or

Written by Dianne Daniel

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