Jenny and Dave Marrs Admit Joining Ben and Erin Napier for ‘Home Town Takeover’ Was a “Hard Sell”

Jenny and Dave Marrs Admit Joining Ben and Erin Napier for ‘Home Town Takeover’ Was a “Hard Sell”

Ben and Erin Napier are back for a second season of Home Town Takeover, and this time, they’ve brought their friends along. The HGTV stars joined forces with Dave and Jenny Marrs of Fixer to Fabulous to renovate the town of Fort Morgan, Colorado. In the six-episode season, the couples complete 18 renovation projects from homes and local businesses to public spaces. More HGTV stars including Ty Pennington, Jonathan Knight, and Jasmine Roth pitch in to revitalize the town. But still, it took some convincing to get the very busy parents of young children to participate.

After season 1 aired, Erin wrote on Twitter, “I’ll be honest, the takeover life is not all that simpatico with family life. It was an amazing adventure for us, but likely the only one like it until (maybe) our girls are much older.” Ben explained, “Season 1 was hard. We were potty training Helen, and Erin was pregnant with Mae. Now we’ve got two little kids and our businesses.” But ultimately, the small-town enthusiasts couldn’t turn down the opportunity to breathe new life into Fort Morgan.

How did season 2 come about?

It was only possible because Ben and Erin were able to share the workload with their friends Dave and Jenny. But it wasn’t an easy decision for the parents of five either. Jenny tells Country Living it was “a hard sell” for her and Dave, who live on a farm in Arkansas. “We couldn’t figure out how it was possible, honestly. Our production company had to rework our entire Fixer to Fabulous schedule.”

“It was tough, but at the end of the day, there was a huge draw for me because it was in Colorado. We love small-town America, and we loved seeing what happened in Wetumpka, the emotion and the energy that was there—we just had to figure out a way to do it,” Dave, who grew up in Colorado, says.

“The world needs more goodness. All four of us felt honored to participate in something like that,” Erin notes.

Why Fort Morgan?

HGTV received thousands of submissions from towns in need, but Ben and Erin were not involved in the decision-making process. “We are happily removed from the selection process so we don’t have to pick favorites,” Erin says.

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“It is such a different landscape from Laurel, Mississippi and Bentonville, Arkansas and even Wetumpka, Alabama. People in the South are very proud to be from the South, and that is a constant throughout every town in the South. So I think the network wanted to get us out of that for sort of a fish-out-of-water situation,” Ben says.

“They sent us somewhere really unfamiliar. And also just to see how a town with completely different issues could revitalize. They have so much industry and so many jobs, but there was no fun,” Erin adds.

Will there be a Home Town Takeover season 3?

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Erin is leaving the door open this time. She said, laughing, “Who knows? I hope someone watches this. It was a lot of work!”

Tune in to season 2 of Home Town Takeover at 8 p.m. ET on Sundays on HGTV or stream it on Discovery+.

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