So while we're on the subject (and since my Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapter has a two-day event today and tomorrow), I thought I'd do a part two of yesterday's post.
I do miss Joe Ruggiero and "Homes Across America." I wish HGTV would put together another show like that.
They also used to have a show just about lofts. Miss that one, too.
I think what we (and the channel) are really missing these days are shows with good design. The only show on HGTV that really gets into good design is "Divine Design." I either need to get TIVO, or HGTV needs to put that show in a different time slot, though. I miss it every week.
I get that there are people out there who want to know how to decorate on a budget. Shoot, I decorate on a budget. What I enjoy, though, is learning what designers are doing and then try to do something similar on a budget. That's why "Sensible Chic" was a good show -- the first version, not the second. I don't mind watching someone craft a frame or build a bookcase, but I don't want to see any more big screen TV's surrounded by yards of tacky fabric. Seriously.
When "Trading Spaces" became popular, HGTV took hold of their concept and tried to imitate it with all sorts of shows that surprise the homeowners. I don't want to be surprised. I want to be inspired. Once Ty Pennington made a hit out of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition," Vern Yip had to do his own version. Don't those Atlanta homeowners know by now that they'll come home to two new rooms instead of just one? Vern seems like a nice enough guy, but his show doesn't even begin to compare with Ty's.
I also agree with Alamo North's assessment that there's very little "G" in HGTV anymore. Maybe HGTV's programming is truly catering to the masses. If so, I must be on the fringe, somehow, and that fringe must've gone out of style in the early 2000's.
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