House Hunters Episode Features Oakland County Couple, Airs May 5

House Hunters Episode Features Oakland County Couple, Local Homes, Airs May 5JudyPalmer01

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 23, 2014)

After moving to New York City 19 years ago, Craig Bentley and Frank Anthony Polito found themselves wanting to return to their Michigan roots. And when they finally came back to live in a Metro Detroit suburb, they did so in a big way – by being featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.

The program features homes from throughout the area, including where the couple finally settled in. Televisionlori davis ad crews followed them as they explored real estate and some favorite Detroit area hotspots. The episode airs Monday, May 5 on Home and Garden Television Network at 10 pm.

“We moved to New York when we were in our 20s to pursue careers as actors. After a while, being a ‘struggling artist’ got kind of old,” Polito said. “Jim Shaffer KELLER ad blackWe came to realize that we wanted to own a home — and we would never be able to afford to do that in New York City. Also, we both have family here in the Detroit area. It’s where we were born and raised and want to call home.”

Polito grew up in Hazel Park, and Bentley in Center Line. The couple met at Wayne State University in the theatre program, and headed to the big apple in 1995 together to pursue stardom.

While both men have done acting work, Polito’s focus became writing. His novels focus on life in Metro Detroit. Lost in thgallowaycollens1e 90s is about a kid who travels back in time to the era when he was conceived, Hazel Park in 1994. The Spirit of Detroit is about a theatre student at Wayne State. Drama Queers is about gay kids in high school in the 1980s. And Band Fags is a coming of age story about a couple of teens who find love and discover themselves amid the turmoil of the suburban high school experience. More on Polito’s work can be found at

Bentley has found his path as a product spokesperson and event manager. sidebar01sponsorUsing his acting skills, he’s been able to help companies market their products. He is a a classically-trained actor who starred in the national tour of David Sedaris’ The Santa Land Diaries.  He also once appeared on the television game show Cash Cab. Now that they have settled in, Bentley hopes to get involved with local theatre and looking for acting jobs in the area.

House Hunters follows Polito and Bentley as they search for their dream home, with stops in Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak and Pleasant Ridge. Christa Buchanan-Jobe of Real Estate One indda_ad_04 Troy was their guide.

“The filming was a lot of work — but a lot of fun. Craig and I both have acting backgrounds, so we understand what it takes to make a TV show. There is a lot of waiting around, and you sometimes have to repeat things – but do it the same way you did it the first time. All in all, it took about 50 hours of shooting just to make the 22 minute episode,” Polito said. “We do love the house we chose. It isn’t the exact style that we hoped for, and it doesn’t have all of the things we were hoping for — but the minute we walked through the door we knew that it was ‘the one.’”

The episode is listed on TV Guide at House Hunters accepts people based on online applications. For more on House Hunters visit


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