Home Town stars Erin and Ben Napier have to be the hardest working couple on HGTV. First and foremost, they’re busy getting ready for their first child (!) to be born (!!) in two months (?!). And that job is a whole lot of work all by itself! On top of it, though, they’re running the popular Laurel Mercantile–with friends from town, but still–and, you know, keeping up a cramped filming schedule for their TV show.
Given all that, we’ll cut right to the chase. When does Home Town come on? The new episodes were confirmed back in May; now, we have an official premiere date, straight from Erin Napier herself. According to Erin, the date to circle in ink is January 8th, 2018:
I've been reading every email and message we've received since my journal about Helen. It's been so good to hear how many of you found my fear relatable and I've been praying that our story will be a comfort to someone in my same shoes. Our family has been our quiet, soft landing in the middle of the insanity of filming #HGTVHomeTown, and we've relished keeping this secret with them all these months. There is some exciting news though–we'll all be returning to your TV when season 2 premieres on January 8, 2018 on @HGTV! We're moving to Monday nights, so set your calendars! ? (photo: @kenzgothurt)
That’s right–we’ve got about ten weeks to prepare for Home Town Season 2! If you’re not familiar with the show–or need to catch up–you’re in luck:
-Here’s our primer on how the show works (and how it’s different from other staples of the genre).
-Here’s our FAQ on Ben and Erin Napier: how they met, how they got on TV, and everything in between.
-And here’s the all-important local listings for Home Town itself, via HGTV–which is sure to amp up its Season 1 marathons ahead of Season 2’s January 8, 2018 premiere date.
As far as what we’ll get to see in Season 2, here’s a little sneak peek. Erin has already mentioned that her pregnancy will be a subplot all season long, so it’s likely that we’ll get to see plenty of Ben doing quiet, sweet things for her. Erin recently described some of these in her journal:
From the moment we found out, he’s been so conscious of my every move—so cautious. As it turns out, I do have a condition that puts me at risk for pre-term labor, and his awareness of this has made him into the sweetest protector. He holds my hand, always. He helps me into and out of the tub, tucks an extra pillow under the covers for me to sleep on my side more comfortably, the long talks with her at bedtime, making sure I remember the vitamin every day, bringing me cold water to make sure I’m drinking more, surprising me with fancy grilled cheeses for dinner, laying on the porch swing with me, rocking it gently till we fall asleep and the baby stops her kicking, sitting with me patiently and hugging me tight, smiling through my tears telling me everything is fine and that he loves me when I’m blindsided by these irrational, hormonal crying jags of which I’ve never experienced anything like in my life.
Beyond that? As devotées of Erin’s social media pages know, she and Ben have been renovating their master bathroom over the past few months. That might not sound like much, but it’s clearly become a borderline obsession for Erin — and, in fairness to her, it is a really nice bathroom 🙂 It’s possible that we’ll see a bit more of that particular journey, perhaps for comedy’s sake:
It's dumb but I sorta feel like I might cry about how much I love our new bathroom. I want to show you everything but there are just a couple finishing touches left to do. In this season of life that's so busy and intense, I can't explain the joy of having this little paradise for a bath at the end of the day. The tub is a real showstopper. There will be a tour coming in the next few days! ?
As you might expect, there’s sure to be plenty of fine craftsmanship — and attention to much-appreciated detail — from Ben:
Along with a whole new set of custom, welcome-home watercolors from Erin:
Creativity is addictive. I've read about Pablo Picasso having his pick of women despite his physical appearance. Apparently, Jim Morrison, a guy who no doubt had a line of lovers at his disposal, pined for Janis Joplin, who snubbed him. This is why I fell so hard for @erinapier. To watch her turn blank paper into art, or to listen to her learning to play a song, or to read her writing. She turns my dinner table into her studio and it makes it impossible not to fall in love with her.
Basically, fans should expect the same kind of über-cozy show we were treated to with Season 1, but this time with a baby included. In short, it should be marvelous!
Set your calendars and tell your friends: Home Town Season 2 premieres Monday, January 8th, 2018, on HGTV.
(Photo credits: When does Home Town come on via Instagram)