Home and Family

Home and Family
Genre Talk
Presented by
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
Running time 104–108 minutes
Original network The Family Channel (1996–98)
Hallmark Channel (2012–present)
Original release April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01) – August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14) (original run)
October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) – present (current run)
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Home and Family (formerly The Home and Family Show) is an American morning talk show originally hosted by Cristina Ferrare, Michael Burger, and Chuck Woolery. The show premiered on April 1, 1996, on The Family Channel and ran until August 14, 1998, featuring numerous recurring and regular personalities known as "the family"[1] who share tips on beauty, crafts, cooking, and the like. Originally among the family were Jamie Gwen (chef); Candace Garvey (lifestyles); Mayita Dinos (gardening); Bob Golic (variety of topics); and The Carey Brothers (carpentry and home repairs).

The show was revived in 2012 and remains unique in that the daily guest star is asked to remain for the entire two hours. This provides a much broader view of the personality and interests of the star. Crew members are often seen, as well.

It currently airs on the Hallmark Channel with host Debbie Matenopoulos at 10:00 a.m. (EST).


Home and Family is a two-hour daily Hallmark series,recorded before a studio audience on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Los Angeles, California. Steines said that the decision for that was made to encourage actors to be on the show, without having to wake at 4:00 a.m. The focus of the show is simply entertainment and tips within a "wholesome image".[2] They refrain from discussions on current events or politics and censor themselves in speech; as an example, the word "breast" may not be used.[2]

The series originally aired on The Family Channel but ended in 1998. Its revival began on October 1, 2012, and moved to its current home, the Hallmark Channel. Mark Steines and Paige Davis co-hosted the show but Davis left after six weeks on November 16, 2012, with her final episode being taped the day before she was replaced by Cristina Ferrare,[3][4] who in turn was replaced by Debbie Matenopoulos.

The show continued on to season two where it premiered on September 30, 2013. Then on April 30, 2014, Home and Family was renewed for a third season, which premiered on September 15 of that same year. It was announced on April 14, 2015, that season four was approved and along with that notice they announced that the show would air new episodes weekly throughout the entire year.

Ferrare's departure was abrupt and the audience was not given any explanation nor any notice prior to her departure. On June 21, 2016, Hallmark Channel confirmed that Ferrare would no longer co-host the show with Steines; former co-host of The View Debbie Matenopoulos was named as her replacement. In a statement via Facebook, Ferrare addressed her exit: "It's really very simple, Home and Family will have a season 5 which I am so happy for and the Network decided that they want a new co-host and that will be Debbie. She will do a great job!"[5]

In late May 2018, Steines was fired abruptly from the series. On May 31, 2018, Hallmark announced the news via a Twitter post that they had "parted ways," and at the end of the following day's episode, while surrounded by team members, Matenopoulos gave an emotional, vague and praise-filled announcement to the viewing audience of Steines being "no longer with" the series.[6][7] It was later reported that there were no complaints about Steines' behavior and that the show was merely taking a different creative direction. Steines' contract had not expired and he was not informed until after he had taped what was his last show.[8] On July 26, 2018, Cameron Mathison was named as Matenopoulos' new co-host; he will assume his position in September with the launch of the seventh season.[9]


Current hosts

Former hosts

Current "family"

  • Kym Douglas (lifestyle)
  • Orly Shani (sewing, crafts, and style)
  • Ken Wingard (decor, DIY)
  • Paige Hemmis (DIY expert)
  • Shirley Bovshow (gardening)
  • Lawrence Zarian (fashion)
  • Ali Fedotowsky
  • Larissa Wohl (Pet adoption expert)
  • Maria Provenzano (DIY Expert)



  1. Shirley Bovshow. "Video tour of the "Home and Family" show taped at Universal Studios!". EdenMakersBlog.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  2. 1 2 Sean Daly. "'Home & Family': What You Can't Say On Hallmark Channel Show…And Why". TheTVPage.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  3. Alex Weperin. "Hallmark Channel Charts Post-Martha Stewart Plan with Marie Osmond, Home and Family". MediaBistro.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  4. Nellie Andreeva. "Paige Davis Exits As Co-Host Of Hallmark's 'Home & Family', Christina Ferrare To Fill In". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  5. Andreeva, Nellie; Evans, Greg (June 21, 2016). "Cristina Ferrare Out, Replaced By Debbie Matenopoulos As Co-Host Of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  6. Swift, Andy (June 1, 2018). "Mark Steines Fired by Home & Family; Co-Host Makes On-Air Announcement". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. Corriston, Michele; Leon, Anya (June 1, 2018). "Mark Steines Leaves the Hallmark Channel in Sudden Exit from Home & Family". People. United States: Time Inc. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  8. Maglio, Tony (June 2, 2018). "Why Mark Steines Is No Longer Hallmark 'Home & Family' Co-Host". The Wrap. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  9. "Cameron Mathison to Co-Host Hallmark's Home & Family". Soap Opera Digest. United States. July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  10. "The Family Members". hallmarkchannel.com. Hallmark Channel. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
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