Houses on TV – Family Tree on HBO

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There’s a new comedy TV show on HBO called Family Tree I taped and started watching this week.  Family Tree airs on Sunday night and takes place in England.  I just have to share one of the TV houses from the show because it’s related to another post on Housekaboodle.

The Family Tree Plot:  A forlorn lad named Tom Chadwick (Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd) not over his broken relationship whose aunt he never met died and left him a treasure chest of her old stuff in her will.  The treasure chest is filled with odd mysterious objects and photos of his ancestors.  The show follows his escapades as he meets weird characters who help him discover the meaning of the peculiar treasure chest objects.  He needs self-identity clarity in his life and embarks on a search for his family tree relatives.  It’s Ancestry HBO sitcom style.

Along the way we meet his dedicated best chum Pete, his father, Keith Chadwick, who loves watching dumb British sitcoms and makes useless bizarre inventions, and his quirky sister, Bea Chadwick/Monkey.  Bea talks as herself in the show, but also communicates through a monkey puppet that she is never without, ever!  The monkey is rude and borders on despicable.  And Tom, he talks to the Family Tree audience documentary-style like on The Office.

Family Tree is a mishmash of The Office, meets Ancestry, meets England, and a monkey puppet.

Filming Locations:  Filming for the HBO Family Tree series is in the United Kingdom and in Los Angeles.

Houses on TV - Family Tree on HBO Welcome To America:  My jaw dropped when in episode five called “Welcome To America”, Tom travels to LA to meet his American cousins and arrives at their home.  The LA house looked exactly like a post I did about a ranch home.

Could it be the same house?  Naw, it’s probably not, right?

I had to check, oh for Pete’s sake, it is!  The house is a post I did titled Ranch-Style Home with Curb Appeal with a starring role in the HBO Family Tree show.

Oh glee.

I felt a bit giddy.

But,….. how did this happen you might even wonder.

Front view ranch style home with curb appeal 2I found the (now tiny-bit famous) ranch house on a unique site called Home Shoot Home that scouts houses home owners advertise as available for filming use on TV, in movies, or commercials, all via the expertise of the HomeShootHome Company located in California.  I would love to be a house-scout for the film industry and discover fab homes for film.

screen shot of Family Tree kitchenScreenshot of Tom in his LA cousins’ kitchen.  The yellow kitchen cabinets used to be green as seen below from my ranch home tour post.

Green colored kitchen cabinetsI can tell the show is filmed inside of the home by the same countertop and back splash tile.

I guess HBO thinks the ranch has curb appeal too!

Yesterday:  I saw a low-flying bright yellow plane that made me smile.  More importantly, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup again with a fairy-tale ending.  Then, the after glow from Sunday’s Super Moon revealed a house I featured in Home Tours on TV in a new HBO series.  Thank you House-Junkie God in heaven.

Family Tree TV houseTake the home tour to see more of the now little-bit famous Family Tree TV series house, Ranch Style Home with Curb Appeal here. 

Photos: Screen shots Family Tree and HomeShootHome.

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  1. Me and Tim are looking forward to living in a Ranch someday ourselves. I am now following you on Bloglovin Jenny. Thank you for stopping in again.

  2. How fun! Being a scout for homes that are used for TV or Movies, is a job I would have never even given any thought about doing. WOW, how fun would it be to look for a house to be used in or on TV ?

    Ranch style homes are very common in California, long before the Tuscan look started taking over. I grew up in a small Ranch Style. Love them.

  3. HBO should just call me first for recommendations. I have heard our family blood line can be traced back to Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, but no Scottish royalty has come forward claiming us as heirs to the throne.

  4. Wow Carol. This is a fantastic list of events about movie houses that I am so excited to hear about. It would be just not right for your neighborhood to be portrayed as sleazy since it is so beautiful; I remember. If the movie comes out, let us know about it and maybe we can see you on the big screen as an extra!

  5. Well aren’t you a trend setter! Getting the goods before HBO. I have watched The Family Tree- the episode where he thinks he might be related to the fascinating guy in a photo only to find out that his ancestor was the photographer…and then I lost track. Thanks for reminding me to tune in on Sunday nights!

  6. that’s so neat Sue! You have an eagle eye for these TV houses. And congrats on your team’s big win the other night!

  7. A friend lives in Studio City and has rented out her Tudor style house for movie shoots.

    Friends on our street made the money to buy their beach house by selling a typical 50s tract house in town that had been used as Julia Robert’s home in Erin Brokovich. They hung a poster from the movie on the wall and billed the house in ads as “the Erin Brokovich” house. It sold for substantially more than other houses on the street.

    Our beach community was just used for an indie film. With the amount of graffiti they put on our beach wall (finally they painted over it) and the lack of organization when we went to be extras in a block party scene, I don’t hold much hope for the movie doing well. And, all of us in the neighborhood are not happy that our area might be portrayed as sleazy.

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