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Vern Yip comes back for round three of Deserving Design

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 2nd 2008 7:04PM
Designer and architect Vern Yip is back for a third season of HGTV's Deserving Design. The series will continue to focus on people with touching stories who are in need of some renovation assistance. Stories of this season include a couple who has taken in over sixty foster children (they get a much-needed new family room), a young woman diagnose with advanced breast cancer who needs some design assistance with her condo, and an eco-conscious couple who are in need of Vern's expertise.

I'm excited this show is back for a third season. I loved Vern Yip's designs when he was on Trading Spaces. He always did affordable, modern, and clean-looking updates to the participants' homes. Plus this show isn't as flashy as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. And there's no Ty Pennington screaming at you.

The new season starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV. Will you be tuning in?

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HGTV's new series The Stagers

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 18th 2008 8:03PM
HGTV logoIn this struggling real estate market, HGTV has a new series that will focus on the newest trend in selling homes: home staging. Viewers will get a first-hand look at the work of Canada's premier home-staging company Dekora. In each episode, audiences will see innovative ideas and techniques that Deroka uses to prep a home for a quick and profitable sale.

In the first episode, we'll meet a recently-divorced homeowner whose home is terribly dowdy and outdated (think wood paneling ... everywhere). Matthew, one of the show's professional home stagers, transforms the living room into an inviting, modern space.

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TidalTV launches TV-like online video service

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 11th 2008 3:02PM
TidalTV
TidalTV is a web-based video service. But it doesn't look anything like YouTube, Joost, or even Hulu. If anything, it looks like the service you get from your cable or satellite provider.

The TidalTV display is laid out like an electronic program guide with a video window in the corner. You can click on the video to bring up a full screen version. Or you can click on the program guide to flip channels. There's also an on-demand section if you don't want to watch the scheduled programming stream.

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Six do-it-yourself TV hotties

by Kristin Sample, posted Nov 27th 2007 8:01AM
Constance Ramos from HGTVAOL TV releases their next ten Sexiest Women of TV this week. I figured I would add some more of my own television hotties to the list. For my list, I decided to pay homage to some of the beautiful hosts of Do-It-Yourself television (networks like Food Network, Fine Living, and The Discovery Channel).

You may think that this list is way too obscure. But these men and women and totally hot and they teach us how to do stuff like make roasted asparagus or build rocking chairs or pick a color scheme for our homes. I think they deserve some attention.

Feel free to add your own favorite Do-It-Yourself Hottie in the comments. (By the way, my picks are in no particular order. I just couldn't choose who I liked the best.)

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HGTV seeks men

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 23rd 2007 8:02PM

manHGTV has put out a call for men who have a special place in their home designed just for them. You know, that section of the house with a pool table, dart board, beer steins and several stuffed animal carcasses on the wall? These men and their men spaces will be featured on a new series called Man Land that apparently aims to celebrate stereotypical manliness. Other men like myself whose "man space" consist of nothing more than a Debbie Gibson album and a small tin of ginger snaps have been woefully overlooked. If I hadn't just come back from a manicure and didn't want to ruin the finish on my nails I'd be dialing up HGTV right now to complain.

We'll have to wait and see if this new series has anything worthwhile to offer. At the very least, it could be a nice change of pace from Queer Eye by actually celebrating the conditions these men choose as opposed to trying to change it.

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Living with Ed: Meet the Begleys

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 1st 2007 6:08PM

ed begley jr(S01E01) Ed Begley, Jr. loves the environment. In fact, his love for Mother Earth often overshadows his acting career, and after watching HGTV's sneak preview of the new reality series Living with Ed, you get the feeling he's just fine with that.

The new series, which slips into its regular timeslot of Sundays at 10pm starting January 7, follows Ed and his wife Rachelle, who suffers her husbands tenacity with light sarcasm and good humor. She sums up her predicament quite well when she says, "I married into a lifestyle."

The "lifestyle" is one in which her husband cooks on a solar grill, hoses "smog dust" off the solar panels on his roof, times her while she's in the shower, and drives an electric car to the Academy Awards. Rachelle is not always happy with Ed valuing environment over aesthetics, complaining that he always picks out the ugliest environmentally-friendly things he can find. Whether Begley's lifestyle is overkill or not, I can't help but admire a man who actually practices what he preaches.

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The Five: Random Christmas thoughts

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 7th 2006 4:28PM
Mr. Magoo's A Christmas Carol1. Just when I thought Dr. Phil was the most annoying person in the McGraw family comes...oh, wait, Dr. Phil is still the most annoying person in the McGraw family, but the other night I was watching that HGTV special where they show the White House being decorated for the holidays, and it was hosted by Robin McGraw. She has all the personality of a used bar of soap.

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For Ed Begley Jr., life is a reality show

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 26th 2006 7:01PM

Ed Begley Jr.Add Ed Begley Jr. to the ever-growing list of Hollywood stars with their own reality series. The former St. Elsewhere star, and current obsessed eco-nut committed environmentalist will be starring with wife and actress Rachelle Carson in a new series for HGTV called Living With Ed.

According to our friends at sister site AutoblogGreen, the new show (which premieres January 7th at 10:00 pm) will be set in the couple's entirely solar-powered, eco-friendly home. You'll be able to watch as Ed times his wife's shower with a stopwatch while gently chiding her over how many gallons of water she has wasted. You'll also be able to see how Begley rides a stationary bike in order to power his toaster. He will also be giving tips to the viewers on how to make their living areas more environmentally safe and energy efficient.

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I didn't win the HGTV Dream Home

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 27th 2006 5:24PM
hgtv dream homeI wasn't really sure whether a move to North Carolina was a good idea anyway, but I would have liked the dilemma. HGTV is giving away its latest Dream Home in a live special this Saturday at 8 pm. I know this because I received an e-mail telling me to watch. This should tell you two things: 1) I entered the contest, and 2) I didn't win. If I did win, I'd be one of these people. This year, HGTV is taking a different approach to announcing the winner. It will fly three final contestants to this home for the live broadcast, where two people will learn that they won $100,000 while the other person wins the home. I guess $100,000 is a nice consolation prize.

Sigh. I really didn't need that much living space, anyway. I'd probably lose my cats and my husband somewhere in the 5,000 square foot home.

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What's on tonight: Miss USA, Numb3rs, Smackdown, NASCAR

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2006 4:29PM
  • ABC has a repeat America's Funniest Home Videos at 8, followed by new eps of Primetime and a (shortened) 20/20.
  • CBS has repeat eps of Ghost Whisperer and Close To Home, followed by a new Numb3rs.
  • Over on NBC, they've canceled Celebrity Cooking Showdown and in its place they've put another Deal Or No Deal. At 9 it's the Miss USA Pageant.
  • FOX has Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery at 9.
  • The WB has a new ep of Survival of the Richest, followed by new eps of Reba and Modern Men.
  • UPN has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Starting at 8, HGTV has all new eps of Get Color, Design Remix, Double Take, and Freestyle.
  • Disney has the movie High School Musical at 8.
  • At 8:30, FX has NASCAR Racing.
  • At 9 on HBO2, Sideways, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church.
  • At 10, Animal Planet has a new ep of Animal Precinct.
  • At 11, IFC has Requiem For A Dream.

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Davidson on a Dime

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2006 11:39AM
Design on a DimeYou've read on TV Squad all about writer Paul Davidson's run-ins with celebrities in Los Angeles. And today you'll be able to watch him on television.

Davidson will appear on HGTV's Design on a Dime today at 3pm (Eastern). Paul and his wife Jennifer had one of their rooms made into a "Stylish Home Office," and you can see the results on today's show. If you miss it today, the episode will be repeated on May 27 at 10:30pm and May 28 at 2:30am.

I think now that Davidson is going to be on TV, he's going to become a celebrity himself, and we'll be able to photograph him at the supermarket and gawk at him at trendy restaurants.

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Things I Hate About TV: Small spaces that are big

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2006 4:00PM
HGTVOK, I'll admit it, I love home design shows. Not all of them, of course. Being a single guy living in an apartment, I really can't get into shows where couples or families look for a new house, or shows where a rich couple adds a heliport to their mansion, or even shows where someone puts $10,000 into redoing their kitchen.

But I do like shows such as Design on a Dime, reDesign, and Small Space, Big Style, because I can picture myself doing those types of changes to my place. But I'm getting tired of Small Space, Big Style, because they've forgotten about the "small spaces" part. Just the other night they showcased two "small" apartments...that were 1000 square feet each. 1000 square feet? Sorry, that's not "small," even if it's two people living there. One person? It's a football field.

I'd like to see them focus more on really small city apartments and microapartments, places where you look in amazement at the cool things that people can do in a small space. There's some of that still, but there are too many episodes where they show people who have "small" apartments that are about 5 times the size of mine (note: mine is about 200 square feet). If any of these people who have "small" apartments of 1000 feet or more, I'll switch with them.

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What's on tonight: Bones, Mythbusters, Drawn Together, Invasion, Top Model

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 8th 2006 3:49PM
  • Simon Cowell - American
IdolThe guys sing tonight on American Idol, on FOX at 8pm. It's followed by a new Bones.
  • ABC has a repeat George Lopez, a new Freddie, a repeat Lost, and a new Invasion.
  • CBS continues their burning off of new eps of Still Standing by scheduling two more starting at 8 (I think this is the last year - too bad, it's a good sitcom). It's followed by new eps of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has another "special edition" of The Biggest Loser, followed by a repeat Law and Order, then a new one.
  • The WB has a repeat One Tree Hill at 8, followed by a repeat Beauty and the Geek.
  • UPN has a new two hour America's Next Top Model.
  • It's I Want That! night on HGTV, with new eps of I Want That! Baths at 8, I Want That! Kitchens at 8:30, then the plain old regular I Want That! at 9.
  • If you're too young to remember these 60s spies shows, check out I Spy at 8, and then eps of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. On American Life.
  • Or you can catch the ultimate spy, James Bond, in Diamonds Are Forever, on AMC at 8.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
  • At 10, Fox Movie Channel has Timothy Hutton and Robert Urich in Turk 182!
  • Also at 10: FX has a new Black.White, and Bravo has the Project Runway finale.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Drawn Together.
  • At 11, a new reality show: Top Chef premieres on Bravo.

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The Five: HGTV shows I'm addicted to

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 31st 2006 10:37AM
5. Design on a Dime. I've lost track of how many hosts and designers they've had on this show, but it's still entertaining. I get inspired by their do-it-yourself projects, even though I know I do not and never will have any crafty skills. The crew tends to successfully pull off a $1,000 makeover that seems within reach, for those of you with actual skills.

4. Curb Appeal. Being a homeowner, I find inspiration in this show. It's amazing what some planters and a little landscaping will do to improve the look of a home. I also like that they have the homeowners pitch in to do most of the work, which makes the show more accessible.

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But what if you own more than 20 CDs?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2005 3:03PM

Here's a little fact that many of my friends and family might not know about me: I love home design shows. Design on a Dime, Mission: Organization, reDesign, Divine Design. I never miss these shows, unless they are redoing someone's million dollar home, and then, well, I just can't relate.

One thing I don't understand. Whenever they help a person organize his or her apartment or house, they come up with these really cool space saving ideas for books and CDs and DVDs. But the people always own, like, 10 books, maybe 20 CDs, maybe 20 DVDs. Um, what if you own several hundred books and several hundred CDs and DVDS? I'm watching one show right now and the couple has a handful of books and CDs (and about 8 videotapes) that they can place in these cute little bins or under a cabinet. Of course, this means that they can never buy another book or CD/DVD ever again, because it just won't fit in the bins. Sorry!

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