The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 9, 2008

HGTV show to film at local home


PALESTINE — While most people will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with cards, flowers and candy, Mayor Carolyn Salter and husband Dr. Michael Gorby will do so cameras and lights.

A production crew from High Noon Entertainment is scheduled Thursday to film a segment at the couple’s historic Victorian home on S. Royall St. for the HGTV show, “If Walls Could Talk.”

High Noon Entertainment contracts with HGTV to produce the half-hour show.

According to the description on High Noon’s Web site, the show, hosted by Mike Siegel, “profiles homeowners from across the country who renovate their historic homes and uncover unusual stories and valuable objects along the way. From centuries-old diaries to rare coins to even an unopened bank vault, these unexpected discoveries are a lesson in history for thrilled homeowners. Selected homeowners also get the shock of a lifetime when our expert appraiser drops in to tell them that what they found is worth a fortune!”

Associate producer and production coordinator Charity Ruch said Friday that the Mayor’s home was chosen out of several which applied locally to be on the show.

“What we noticed about the (couple) is they’re very passionate about their home,” Ruch said. “It’s a beautiful home, with lots of beautiful architectural features.”

The show’s producers look for homes with an interesting past, with a story to tell.

“We look for an element of mystery (found) when people move into a house,” Ruch said. “It raises questions about who lived in my house, who were these people?”

Sometimes the historic items uncovered are a fit for the new homeowners.

Salter and Gorby, who are both physicians, found something used years ago to provide medical information when they first acquired the home, Ruch said.

Exactly what the segment will feature won’t be revealed until it airs.

Most segments air between three and five minutes, with three segments per episode.

“After we go shoot a segment, it’s written and edited,” she explained. “The process is lengthy.”

No broadcast date has been set, she said.


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