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The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich

The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich

  • Premiered: 
    June 13, 2022
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  • Network: HGTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of Celebrity IOU 
  • Subject Matter: Lifestyle
  • Tags: home improvement, inspirational

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Plot Synopsis

THE GREAT GIVEBACK WITH MELISSA MCCARTHY AND JENNA PERUSICH is a one-hour docuseries that follows Melissa McCarthy and her cousin and fellow actress, Jenna Perusich, who learn heartwarming stories of exceptional people nominated by their loved ones. The duo first saw action together during on the HGTV series CELEBRITY IOU. Now, they combine their love of renovation and design to surprise these remarkable people with beautiful home transformations. Propelled by the inspiring accounts, the self-proclaimed design and vintage fanatics grab sledgehammers, select personalized finishes, and demo and reno alongside their expert team to stun recipients with life-changing reveals. The premiere episode's "giveback" features Katie, a combat veteran who overcame serious challenges, including homelessness, following her years of service. Nominated by her fiancee Lily and pregnant with their first child, Katie receives a thoughtfully designed, completely overhauled kitchen, living area and unexpected nursery from Melissa and Jenna. Throughout the season, the home reno obsessed cousins will zhuzh spaces for five more admirable homeowners and renters, including: Dawanna, a 15-year law enforcement officer who supports youth, the elderly and those in need through various community programs; Kate, an ICU pediatric nurse; Lucia, a mom of eight and 30-year dance instructor whose students include special needs kids and senior citizens; Mynor, the director of a non-profit that serves inner city youth and families; and Ryan, an aspiring musician who shares the joy of music as a volunteer at a senior living facility.

"THE GREAT GIVEBACK shines a light on people who are doing amazing things," said Melissa. "Even when circumstances are hard, they say 'what can I do and how can I help' to make others' lives better. If those that give and give and give don't deserve a great giveback, I don't know who does. Goodness matters and it's contagious, and Jenna and I are so fortunate and grateful to have met such special people."
On Monday, July 25, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT, HGTV premiered "," the season finale of THE GREAT GIVEBACK. In the season ender, "Wall-to-Wall Fabulous," Melissa and Jenna give back to a pianist who shares his love of music by singing at his local senior care facility. They embrace his dramatic flair and renovate his guesthouse studio into a fashionable, functional space that shares his big personality.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment