Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss was developing HGTV series about Malibu Barbie Dream House before suicide
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and his wife Allison Holker were developing an HGTV series on the making of a life-size Malibu Barbie Dream House before his shocking suicide
- Boss and his wife were also developing a show about first-time home buyers
- The couple previously served as guest judges on HGTV’s Design Star: Next Gen
- Boss died by suicide at age 40 on December 13
- Filming on the Malibu Barbie Dream House series was set to start in January
- If you or a loved one needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255
The late Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and his wife Allison Wolker had many plans in motion before his tragic death earlier this month.
The dancer and DJ, who died by suicide on December 13 at age 40, had been developing multiple shows for HGTV with his wife.
One, a limited series about the creation of a life-size Malibu Barbie Dream House, was set to go in production in January, Deadline reported on Tuesday.
Boss and his wife had already shown an interest in home-improvement programing, when she hosted Design Star: Next Gen last year for HGTV, while he was featured as a guest judge, and the couple were also featured on the network’s show House Party.
Plans: Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, who died by suicide on December 13 at age 40, and his wife Allison Holker were developing multiple shows for HGTV at the time of his death, Deadline reported on Tuesday; seen December 5 in LA
The couple were also collaborating to develop a series in which they would help first-time home buyers find their perfect house for HGTV.
According to the publication, Boss and Holker’s limited series would have been modeled on HGTV’s 2019 limited series A Very Brady Renovation.
The show reunited the surviving cast members of The Brady Bunch to take the house that stood in for exterior shots of the TV family’s home and to transform it into the house that was shown on television.
The iconic interiors of the Brady home were all created on sets, and the house that was filmed for exterior sets had a completely different interior, so it had to be transformed to follow the design of the original film sets.
Just weeks away: One show, a limited series about the creation of a life-size Malibu Barbie Dream House, was set to go in production in January
Lending a hand: The couple were also collaborating to develop a series in which they would help first-time home buyers find their perfect house for HGTV
Boss and Holker’s show would have followed a somewhat similar formula to make a real-life version of Barbie’s Malibu home.
The network reported even tried to find a solid house to renovate in coastal Malibu, though it later settled for a home in Santa Clarita, California, which is over an hour’s drive inland from Malibu.
‘We are taking the time to consider different scenarios,’ a spokesperson for HGTV told the publication. ‘But for now, our primary focus remains on wishing our best to Allison and the entire Boss family during this difficult time.’
Although they seemed to have a strong relationship with HGTV, the couple also had other projects in the works elsewhere.
As the two were dancers, it made sense for them to try to launch their own dancing competition series, and they had also been exploring some form of variety or talk show, as well as a game show.
On the merchandising front, Boss and Holker had a paid partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods that was established last year to produce a line of both sporty and casual clothing.
Staying busy: The two professional dancers were also working on a dance competition series elsewhere, as well as a variety/talk show and a game show
Boss died on Tuesday after shooting himself in the head in his room at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California.
The tragedy came only three days after the dancer celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with Allison.
In addition to his wife, Boss is survived by his son Maddox, six; daughter Zaia, three; and stepdaughter Weslie, 14.
Left behind: In addition to his wife, Boss is survived by his son Maddox, six; daughter Zaia, three; and stepdaughter Weslie, 14