Judging by the new offerings a couple of home TV channels have cooked up this week, their shift has suddenly focused from "Let's make your...
Judging by the new offerings a couple of home TV channels have cooked up this week, their shift has suddenly focused from “Let’s make your house beautiful!” to “Eh … well, you tried.”
Exhibits A and B: two new HGTV shows designed to save your bacon. Actually, the network says, the shows will “save relationships across America,” but we won’t believe that until John Kerry and President Bush have hugged it out.
In its first new show, “Over Your Head” (debuting at 11 a.m. today), a construction dude/host and his perky team track down folks whose renovation projects have stalled, or worse. The “responsible” resident then has to help the team clean up his (yes, yes — we’re using “his” generically) mess. For example, one husband (see?) tried to remodel the family kitchen five months ago, and now Mother cooks for her five kids on a hot plate and washes dishes in the bathroom sink. What? They need relationship help?
In the second new HGTV show, “Don’t Sweat It” (11:30 a.m. today), a remodeling expert motivates homeowners to tackle neglected projects. When the project is finished (always in half a day or less, they promise), the family gets a special treat — like a hot plate.
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Exhibit C: Style Network’s “Clean House” crew is looking for the messiest house in America. To reward the people who live there. Yep — just send in a video proving you live in “the ultimate out-of-control mess,” and you could win an entire home makeover (with furniture!) that will be shown on “Clean House” next spring. Come on, kids — get cluttering! (You have a month to messify and enter. See www.stylenetwork.com for details.)