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HGTV looking for ‘All American Handyman’ or woman

Scott McGillivrayHGTV will be in Atlanta this week casting for the third season of its show, “All American Handyman.” The show, a reality competition hosted by HGTV's Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray, features a $20,000 grand prize.

“All American Handyman” pits handymen and women against one another through a series of challenges to determine the competition's overall winner. Think “Top Chef” but with tools.

Challenges in the show's first season included using plans to construct a toolbox, building a staircase and building a garden shed.

Casting for the show is Sunday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at the W Midtown hotel. Entrants are asked to fill out an application, bring two personal photos, six photos of their work and a standard employment resume. You can download the application here.

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Atlanta’s “Top Designer” takes on a new challenge, and helps you spruce up your home

Atlanta's Big Daddy of design Kerry Howard

Atlanta’s “Big Daddy” of design is bursting out of the local scene and returning to television as part of a new design show on HGTV.

Kerry “Big Daddy” Howard first came to the attention of the design world in 2008 as part of the second season of Bravo’s short-lived “Top Design” competition reality show. At the time he was living in Cumming, Ga., and struggling to establish his company. He survived in part by doing small budget jobs, often acting as the “gay best friend” for women redecorating their homes. But things have changed.

“We have come a long way,” Howard says with a smile.