Monday, January 16, 2012

Where Did All the Good HGTV Shows Go?

I thought I would post a reader question I received recently.

Remember when I posted about how I hate House Hunters, and most of the new shows on HGTV?  A reader wrote in with this question:

Kay G recently left this comment on my post, "Why I Hate House Hunters on HGTV":

I hate most of the shows on HGTV now. I was a faithful watcher of HGTV 7 or 8 years ago when most of the shows were about decorating. They would show beautiful homes. I have been trying to find the show that was in the Carolinas in a very beautiful neighborhood of newly built homes. 

If anyone could help me find the lost show, that was one of the best. I really hate all the shows now.  I miss the old shows from 7, 8 or even 9 years ago.

Does anyone have an answer for Kay G?

I was thinking about some of the older HGTV shows that Handy Man and I used to love...you know, before HGTV turned into The Real Estate Channel.

Decorating Cents, Joan Steffend 
Our absolute favorite show!  Joan Steffend gets an A+ for the most enthusiastic and bubbly hostess on HGTV history, in my opinion. We just loved how she'd decorate a room (or rooms) for $500 or less.  

Remember the Trash to Treasure segments with Robb Whitleff? He would show some of the pieces he created for his home furnishings store called Sticks & Stones in Minneapolis.  

Where is she now?  Joan wrote a book, and wants to do more work on TV and the radio.

Designing for the Sexes, Michael Payne
He likes modern, clean, design; She likes ruffles and frills.  What's a designer to do?  Michael Payne had a real knack for combining a couple's opinions into one gorgeous design.  

Where is he now?  Check out Michael Payne's site for more information.  He's appearing at a home show in Burlington, Vermont in February 2012.  Michael has been a featured speaker at national home and design shows.  He wrote a design book published in 2003 called Let's Ask Michael.  Michael also teaches a design seminar at UCLA.

Room by Room, Matt & Shari
Remember these two?  Weren't they adorable?  According to their site, Matt and Shari, Room by Room was the first show on HGTV.  Sure, they had some cheesy banter, but we loved their easy and affordable room and house makeovers. 

Where are they now?  Matt and Shari are guests on radio shows.  They travel around the country and speak at home and garden expos.  

Designed to Sell 
with Lisa LaPorta and Clive Pearse
I know this show isn't that old, but it was one of our favorites. Designed to Sell seemed to be one of the earlier Real Estate shows on HGTV.  I know there have been other hosts and designers on this show, but these two were my favorite.  I loved the interaction between them.  I used to crack up when she'd call him Clivey.  Yes, it was a show about selling a home, but I loved the quick and inexpensive decorating and home staging ideas.

Where are they now? Lisa has a gorgeous design blog, sells a line of patio furniture, and appears in several publications and national and regional TV shows.   

Clivey has popped up on other HGTV shows, such as Design Star and Dream Home Giveaway.  His bio lists extensive TV and voice over work.  Did you know he was married to Linda Blair?  Linda founded the World Heart Foundation, which helps rescue animals in the Los Angeles area.

HGTV, please, PUH-LEASE cool it with the real estate shows, and give us MORE design and makeover shows!  According to what I've seen on the blogosphere, Rob and I aren't the only ones who miss the old shows.

How about you?  Did you ever watch these shows?

108 comments:

Ange said...

I 100% agree.... I HATE House Hunters. The channel is usually on in my house but I don't like 85% of what is on!

In a nut shell... said...

I have asked myself the same thing many many times! I miss Trading Spaces, Divine Design, etc!!!

June said...

I loved all of those shows...I really miss The Carol Duvall Show..it was a hoot!

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I can't skip past the HGTV channel fast enough, and it used to be my favorite. All I can think of is that the real estate shows are cheap to produce. It seems that the producers would attract more advertisers with makeover and decor shows, but that doesn't seem to be their logic.

What is the logic of the real estate overload on HGTV, anyway? Are people THAT hungry to see the inside of other people's homes?

Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...

Right on, you are so right? I use to watch all of the time and now never. Plus, I use to frequent HGTV.com, no more. Thanks for this awesome post.....hope they listen!

Have a great week

YaYa *Cyndi* said...

I am in total agreement.. I stopped watching HGTV a long time ago.. sad..

Red Gate Farm said...

Oh wow, I started my love of HGTV with Room by Room and Decorating Cents! Then came other favs like Design on a Dime (not the current one) and Sarah Richardson's first show Room Service.... Designed to Sell came on the air just as we were selling our house of 15 years to move to our current house. I also used to look forward to all of the holiday specials on HGTV but they have dwindled over the years and I only found a couple this year....

And although I do like House Hunters, I like to guess which house they may pick, I too would like HGTV to bring back MORE of the decorating and less of what they currently have going on...

~Chris

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, I so agree with this post, and so would hubby if he had read it. We used to watch those shows together. Now I never turn to HGTV. Like you said, it's all about real estate. I sure wish they would bring them back. Don't forget Kitty Bartholomew and there was a mother/daughter duo, too. Sigh.

Lori said...

I agree with you 100%!! I never watch HGTV any more. My fave shows were Decorating Cents and Room By Room. There isn't anything I want to watch on there now. I wish they would bring back all the good shows.

Lori : )
Thrifty Decor Mom

Just One Donna said...

Oh, boy, I agree! I used to watch HGTV all the time, now I never turn it on. Every once in a while I'll check the schedule to see if there might be something there I'm missing, but unfortunately there is NOT.

Mandy said...

I totally agree! I've been tempted to have my directTV disconnected and just use the internet for my design fix.

I miss all the shows about design. I can see a show or two about real estate but it feels like everything is about buying or selling a home. I watch the DIY channel more now.

Anonymous said...

Room by Room was my favorite show on HGTV. I don't even watch it anymore, don't like any of the newer shows. I wish they would listen to their viewers and get the good shows back.

Anonymous said...

I agree. When DH and were purchasing our first home in 1980, it was fun as young couple to work together to make our new old house our home. We built many memories planning and physically working together. Young couple miss out on the working together to create a home by buying it totally done.

Also, I think it was TIME or maybe Newsweek that profiled the housing crash a couple years ago, and HGTV was listed as one of the major players that helped to inflate the housing bubble.

I too miss all the decorating shows..and hosts...
Thanks for bringing up the topic!

Anonymous said...

I've stopped watching HGTV. Real estate shows are primary reason. The other is remodeling & makeovers that the average family can't afford or accomplish. Even the real estate shows turned to the wealthy rather than the average person. DONE!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I totally agree with the comments about HGTV shows that are now airing. I loved watching all the shows that were mentioned, got a lot of great ideas and thoroughly enjoyed the makeovers. I don't think there are any shows worth watching on HGTV anymore. Very disappointed. What's up HGTV????

Kristi said...

I miss Joan, Matt and Sherri soooo much!! LOVE them!!

Anonymous said...

And put the G back in HGTV. Miss Gardeners Journal and Gardeners Diary. I too skip right past HGTV. I used to get up in the middle of the night and was grateful for the good shows on HGTV that I missed seeing at other times during the day.

Cindy said...

I agree, agree, agree!! Bring back the GOOD stuff!!! :)

Fishnet Follies said...

OMGosh... I HATE HOUSE HUNTERS as well!!! I was thinking I was the only one until your blog! It's been a huge joke in our house about HGTV turning into 24/7 of House Hunters AND House Hunters International. HOW MANY TIMES A DAY can they run that stupid show. It probably costs next to nothing and that's why they keep showing it/producing it. Thanks for blogging - and letting me vent! whew... I feel better.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I've been trying to find the answer to this for a long time now. I used to watch a show when I was a kid. It was about Design and I'm pretty sure it was on HGTV one of the hosts name was Robert and his last name started with a V I think... any ideas on the show name?

Anonymous said...

And what about the best show ever on HGTV...ReZoned? Man I loved that show. Haven't watched the HGTV Network in years. SO BORING.

Anonymous said...

I used to be able to count on hgtv for something good to watch. Now it's dead. Nothing I want to watch ever. Please bring back design shows!

Anonymous said...

I agree totally. The whole point of HGTV for me was to get decorating ideas. Why don't the execs at HGTV listen to what the public wants???? I never watch the "real estate" channel anymore.

Anonymous said...

There have been many talented Design Stars , where are their shows? Would love to see all design and decorating shows on HGTV . Hours and hours of House Hunters can not be popular ... HGTV. Get it back together, listen to your viewers. Give us lots of choices to come back!

Anonymous said...

Paul James taught me about some great gardening products and ideas. He really knew his science and was funny (albeit goofy).Today I flipped through the channels and saw that a new makeover host is Vanilla Ice. Really? Basically a one hit wonder with style I don't care to emulate.

Anonymous said...

I miss Candace and ginevieve and david Bronson.

Anonymous said...

I miss Matt and Shari and Designers Challenge. There used to be a show called Homes Across America that I loved. The only show I will watch now is when Sarah Richardson's show comes on, which is very seldom. HGTV is so bad now, I go right past the channel.

mkgal715 said...

Iunderstand. I used to keep my TV on HGTV but now, I just skim it.. I miss Color Confidential, Design to Sell, Decorating Sense, Design on a Dime, and For Rent. . Right now, there is a marathon of House Hunters International. Boring!!!

Home Mama said...

I am with you 110%! How about Mission Organization too? HGTV has gone off a tangent from home improvement to home nonsense! And what happened to Peter Walsh's Extreme Clutter On OWN? I thought Oprah was going to have a network devoted to improvement for self and home-what happened? Whoever does networks line-up is far away from what a regular home owner really wants/needs. Wish someone is listening!

teague said...

Kitty Bartholomew! Chris Madden! Christopher Lowell! Rachel Ashwell! and of course MY QUEEN, SARAH RICHARDSON!

Robin Uncapher said...

It's such a shame. I went to work in an office full time in 2005. Before that I loved HGTV. They got me repainting the inside of my whole house! I thought that at least one of my old shows would still be on, at least in reruns. Nope. And these real estate shows are such a bore.

Robin Uncapher said...

It's such a shame. I went to work in an office full time in 2005. Before that I loved HGTV. They got me repainting the inside of my whole house! I thought that at least one of my old shows would still be on, at least in reruns. Nope. And these real estate shows are such a bore.

Jean Marie said...

Problem, HGTV shows the same shows or genre over and over. There are basically no good design shows.
How about a show that refinishes furniture etc. Kitty was good, Sarah great. Joan nice but cheap decorating. Carol Duvall was cheesy.

Nothing is more irritating than hours of Love it or List it --drop it down to half hour and stop the same format --something goes wrong not enough money to do all the changes. Get rid of House Hunters. Boring stinky middle if the road homes.

Keep all shows to 1/2 hour and mix them up. I have faithfully watched for years and if format dies not change than adios.

HeatherLS said...

I completely agree. I miss the shows that taught you how to decorate and how to garden. I miss Paul James, Rebecca Koll, and many of the others mentioned. Food TV has done the same thing. You no longer learn how to cook, you just watch other people either compete or eat. Miss the good old days.

HeatherLS said...

I completely agree. I miss the shows that taught you how to decorate and how to garden. I miss Paul James, Rebecca Koll, and many of the others mentioned. Food TV has done the same thing. You no longer learn how to cook, you just watch other people either compete or eat. Miss the good old days.

kathryn lawrence said...

Please let HGTV know how you feel. I have sent several E-
Mails to tell them I want the decorating shows back! Everybody go to HGTV's site and do the same...Let's make some noise people!

bondo said...

I so agree with the comments! I loved Christopher, Kitty all those good old shows that showed tasteful decorating on the cheap. I am so sick of seeing 60's fabrics and wall papers, and hearing how "fresh" it looks. I'm sorry lime green, orange, and hot pink is fine for those that enjoy this style. And I truly do not want to offend those that enjoy this decorating. But the shows ALL cater to this mode of décor. There are those of us who enjoy traditional, shabby chic, French country, English country etc. Why can they not just cater to modern and ignore any other decorating styles? Fresh, really all the shows have the same ugly rooms and rave how gorgeous they are. Even the kitchens are generic either all brown and stainless steel or lime green cabinets with splashes of blue, purple or some other hideous colors. Enough already- some of us want shabby chic, Victorian and just plain tasteful decorating that doesn't look like someone decorated with kitchy junk from the fifties or sixties.. Used to watch decorating shows years ago and bluntly they are awful any more. Blows my mind when they rave about how beautiful a room is when it is just plain tacky and ugly...

Piggye said...

I can't stand the new HGTV. I can't get past there fast enough either. The brothers and the cousins all need to go home. Love it or List it needs to LEAVE IT. No remodeling project/estimate on that show is successful. I wish someone would give me a channel that helps me work with what I've got with a reasonable amount of money,elbow grease and creativity. Those looking for houses on the real estate shows reject a whole house because of a can of paint. It would seem that a design show would show them how to work with what's within their budget.

Brenda Adams said...

I agree with all the comments...there are not any favorite shows on HGTV currently that I watch. I loved the decorating and crafting shows. The sewing shows were so helpful. The ladies on those were so classy. And Carol Duvall .... she was wonderful.I realize that times have changed, but I would think there are enough folks who liked the older shows that the powers that be would be wanting to have some that would keep folks watching their network. Do they even care?

Jill Lowe said...

Oh my goodness. Thanks for the reminder about all those good decorating shows I used to watch. Good to see that Matt and Shari have a youtube channel and website you can currently follow.

Change of Art said...

Amen!

Leon Neth said...

LYNNETTE JENNINGS!!!!!:(:(:(

Lynda Fraser said...

Oh my goodness I so agree. I don't watch it hardly at all. Yet, it used to be my favorite channel. I would have my line-up of HGTV shows every night of the week. Now I have to force myself to watch it when there is not much on other channels.

Sheila Raymond said...

I truly appreciated shows that helped me make my home better. I don't buy and sell or flip property. I'm just a little town girl with a house built in the 60's. I just want to keep my home up and repair as my budget allows. That is not the 90,000 some shows have us believe that everyone has. I'm glad to see that other people feel this way too. I do miss all the good, everyday people shows that HGTV used to have.

CBA: Confibula Bibliothecae Annalium said...

Wow! I see I'm not alone! I hadn't watched much HGTV since the late '90s, when my satellite provider changed hands, but I do like the "White House Christmas" shows. Once I got sat service back, I was less than thrilled at the new lineup of programs -- every other thing is house hunting or competition. What happened to "Decorating Cents," "Room by Room," "This Small Space" and shows like that? Do the programmers think nobody wants to decorate anymore? I admit, I did get caught up in "Selling New York" -- if for no reason, than to see what purse the Kleier sisters were carrying! -- but now even THAT seems to have disappeared! I guess I'll just wait for December and the only show I actually want to watch. :-(

Landy said...

It's good too see there are many who feel my pain. I loved the "decorating" HGTV!! There were so many great ideas that fit a variety of funds. I enjoyed seeing the difference you could make with $500 or $10. The High Low Project was a good show but didn't last long. I am so over the real estate shows!

Landy said...

It's good too see there are many who feel my pain. I loved the "decorating" HGTV!! There were so many great ideas that fit a variety of funds. I enjoyed seeing the difference you could make with $500 or $10. The High Low Project was a good show but didn't last long. I am so over the real estate shows!

Landy said...

I meant $500-$1000.

Laura Jernigan said...

I totally agree.HGTV has really gone way down hill.I loved all the shows from the 1990's to early 2000's,they where quality shows that showed real talent, as far as I'm concerned HGTV has chosen to turn into a reality show. I REFUSE to watch House Hunters with all the spoiled little brats cutting every home down to shreds and they don't have a lick of taste.

The Greek Cook said...

I agree with all of you. HGTV has gone down. I decided to shut off cable 3yrs. ago and hook up my computer to my TV. Now I can watch it all on You Tube. I also can get WEDU. Public broadcasting and watch Matt and Sherri on Create TV. Watching all the old shows encouraged me to take an on line course in interior design. I wonder how many people House Hunters encouraged to become Realtors

Penniewise said...

There's not much to add to all of your comments. I'm writing to HGTV right away. Maybe if we who want the decorating and gardening shows that help average homeowners and renters like me back on TV, we need to let our voices be heard. Remember HGTV is NOT the only station on the air. Perhaps we could persuade DIY or PBS to feature our kinds of programs.

katg said...

I absolutely agree. I cannot remember the last time I looked at HGTV. I preferred all of the shows you mentioned. At this point I would not be bothered if they even went off the air.

Catherine Finley-Buck said...

I know this HGTV thread has been around since 2012, but even now in 2014 HGTV programming, in my opinion, has gotten worse! One show I miss that was genius was FreeStyle with host Aaron Foster. One day the show was just yanked off of HGTV programming never to be seen again. I was able to email Aaron Foster to ask him why the show no longer existed? In the nicest way possible, he let me know one day the producers without warning told him he no longer had a show. I sensed his distress and let him know his redesigns were amazing, which he seemed to appreciate. Another HGTV show no longer on the air that no one mentioned was The Unsellables. Although shot on location in Canada, I learned alot about staging and fixing up difficult houses to sell. Aside from loosing some amazing shows, HGTV does marathon programming now, showing the same shows repeatedly over and over with a many of the shows shot in Canada, ie. Property Brothers and Love it or List it. Not that I dislike my northern neighbors, but living in the USA, I'm not interested in viewing real estate sales and renovations in places like Toronto. I read a blog online recently which addressed these same issues and quoted Steve Lerner Senior Programmer for HGTV as saying, these new shows are getting big ratings and that...“With the continued success of the House Hunters franchise, Love It or List It and Property Brothers, viewers seem to never tire of real estate, renovation and peeking inside other peoples’ homes.”
My response to Mr. Lerner is this, it may appear viewers are never tiring of the same shows, but if there aren't any other shows on HGTV to watch viewers really don't have a choice do they?
I think really the bottom line is about money, like most of corporate america, they are trying to increase their profits by not having to pay the cast and crew for quality productions. Apparently Canada is known for being a less expensive mecca for film production.Unfortunately for us and the viewers who treasured straightforward decorating and gardening shows, we can only hope our voices will eventually be heard by the powers that be at HGTV!

Stephanie Waller said...

You should bring back more decorating themed shows. I'm tired of watching Property Brothers and House Hunters. I will admit I like the shows where they renovate old homes though.

queenb3261 said...

I'm glad this thread is still around! I loved decorating Cents and Room by Room and used to set my then VCR to record Matt and Shari's Christmas decorating specials. It was nice to see decorating ideas for us normal folks. The current shows are boring and not only do they kepp showing the same shows, they keep showing the same episodes. Please bring back the "good" stuff.

Catherine Finley-Buck said...

Wanted to add a side bar to this thread: I just discovered U-Verse cable t.v. has a channel called GAC - Great American Country that has some HGTV shows like Design on a Dime and other Home design and crafting programs! Not a real estate show in sight! If you have U-Verse check it out...not sure about other cable providers but look for the GAC channel. I'm stoked!! Already set my DVR to record these great shows! Spread the word!

Lyn Moon said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is tired of all these house hunter shows. Years ago when I started watching it was great design shows. What in the world happened. They say this is what america wants well I don't agree. They seemed to have forgotten it was people like us, who like design shows, who made that network possible and popular. I hardly watch hgtv anymore. Seems like they need a new president or who ever is in charge over there to wake up and bring back the design shows. And what happened to the great Christmas shows they used to do. I'm very disappointed this year. They've started having some great shows on PBS so start checking them out everybody. Thanks for the memories HGTV.

Catherine Finley-Buck said...

Hi it's me again...Happy New Year to everyone! And good news for us viewers who have made our voices heard regarding our desire to see better programming on HGTV.... Looks like The HGTV series 'Fixer Upper' with couple Chip and Joanna is back!! Keep it up viewers we are slowly getting the design shows we loved back again on the HGTV channel! I believe our collective voices ARE being heard!!

The Greek Cook said...

So happy that they are coming around. I'm just so tired of all the reality shows that are on. It has been over 3yrs. without cable. I'm over the garbage that's on TV. Thank God for You Tube and pinterest. I set my computer up to the TV and watch all the old decorating shows and get motivated once again.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for coming back to comment, Catherine! I'd really love to see more DIY & decorating shows. I'll keep an eye out for some new shows.

Bonnie Wilson said...

Amen! Hate love it or list it!

Bonnie Wilson said...

Amen! Hate love it or list it!

Christine Jahn said...

Does anyone remember the name of the show where the decorating budget was $50 and the decorator would use things found around the house or in the garage? She had short reddish hair. It was only on for one or two seasons, but there were some great ideas on that show.

Catherine Finley-Buck said...

@Christine Jahn I think you're think of 'Decorating Cents' but the budget for redoing a room was more like $200 - $250. Great show with host Joan Steffend. Great show!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Yup, sounds like Decorating Cents with Joan Steffend. LOVED that show! I miss her.

Christine Jahn said...

Not Decorating Cents. I Googled for a directory of all HGTV shows. It was "Design Remix" with Karen McAloon. She was only allotted $50 and that was to use for paint, if needed. Everything else had to be reused from stuff around the house. But I do miss Decorating Cents and all the others.

laurie hannegan said...

I miss all the old shows! I don't watch anything on HGTV now. It seems that House Hunters and Love it or List it are on 24-7! HATE! Loved Decorating Cents! Does anyone remember the designer that was sometimes on (Mark something?) He did a lot of Mid-Century type designs and pop art? I've been trying to remember his name to see if he has a website or blog.

MsT said...

I liked watching curb appeal the block. The House Hunters is getting ridiculous. Bring back some of the older shows. I likes one show where they took college students out to find junk that people put out on the curb and they would get help to fix or re purpose it. Yes, there are people that are looking for homes but most of us are looking for ideas about how to decorate the home. But I am a big fan of Rehab Addict.

beverly adams said...

These threads date back to 2012 and it does not appear that anything has changed. I skip over HGTV as well. I found this site, while trying to remember the name of the show. Where they redid a room too look like a replica of a very expensive room. I can not remember the name for the life of me. _____ Something Chic. I also love Decorating Cents and Divine Design! So sad that things have to change.

Candace Mikler said...

Well, not much has changed on HGTV. Can't stand the daily back to vack the same show. Apparently, HGTV does not really read comments. I forgot about the Designing for the Sexes show. That was a good one. Really miss the old decorating shows and decorating for the holiday Roomby Room specials.

Candace Mikler said...

Meant back to back of the same show!

EllyMae said...

YES !!! I so agree with the article and all the comments!! I wrote HGTV a email several years ago and complained and asked for a change back to old line up type shows. It apparently didn't help. Just more Real Estate shows.

Mommy7toad said...

I have followed this site for 3years and I am amazed that the comments are still the same. I loved Designed to Sell for the renovation ideas, especially Lisa LaPorta and Clivey! Joan Steffin repurposed so many items and could transform a home for next to nothing. My budget is usually $50 so I am always looking for inexpensive easy fixes. The real estate shows target a much more financially affluent market, not real families like mine. I used to watch all the time, now only if a rerun is on of an old show.I wish HGTV would listen.

Nancy said...

I agree this show was quality and fun .with beautiful designs .

RF427 said...

I enjoyed reading the comments and agree with them all, but, seems there aren't any answers to be found as to what happened to make all the great programming disappear from HGTV. Sigh. I had stopped watching for a while, but when I did return, they were at least still showing a couple of shows like curb appeal or the guys who scoped out places like home depot for people to go home with to redesign their backyards or some other home project. Now it's just all real estate buying and selling with a little fixing up all the time

MySeekRhett said...

I so miss the old shows, the ones that inspired ideas that didn't require a small fortune. My favorites were Decorating Cents and Surprise by Design. They were decorating edutainment.
Where are Joan, Robert and Rebecca? So fun and so missed!

Chris said...

Agree with all the sentiments expressed here. I imagine the "reality" shows like House Hunters, etc are cheap to produce. A person with a camera and maybe one other, and that's all you need. No "expensive" talent to pay. I place expensive in quotes because I don't think HGTV paid their on-air talent all that well. David Marks used to have a great woodworking show on DIY (owned by HGTV) but he quit the show because it wasn't profitable for him. He may not be the only one in that situation.

House Hunters is even less interesting when you understand how it works. I was always curious. Several years ago my wife and I considered moving out of state. The real estate agent we were working with in our destination city said he was in touch with the producers at House Hunters and that we could be on the show if we liked. I asked him how it works because no one is going to buy a house after looking at only three. He said they work with people who are already in escrow then line up a couple other homes for the person to view. It makes sense because a house search takes months, sometimes many months. It would not be financially feasible for HGTV to have their people follow the buyer around for months. So it is even less appealing when you pull back the curtain and realize that they have already chosen their house before HGTV is even involved.

Hey HGTV... Your channel is never on in my house anymore.

Tina Vondrak - DePeña said...

Please bring the old shows back. I do like house hunters but that and the property brothers is all you show.

Lisa said...

Please bring back the design shows that actually have decorating ideas for those of us who live in the real world. House hunters is soooooo BORING. Tired of seeing shows of people who don't live in the real world like the rest of us. Don't even get me started on love it or list it, nothing is ever completed on that show so exasperating i don't watch anymore. Fixer Upper is currently the only show i attempt to watch. Take that one away and i have no need to watch it.
Reruns of CSI AND NCIS are better than the line up of shows on HGTV now.

V said...

Two of worst things that ever happened in "home centered" TV in the U.S., as far as I'm concerned, include the fairly rapid changes in programming on HGTV and the point where STYLE TV became E!TV. In both cases the concept changed dramatically and not for the better! Some would say that we want back what we had when we were younger and perhaps happier(?) but that's not the issue at all. One expects the programming to evolve but clearly HGTV decided to aim for a different audience, where it was supposed the $ are. Well, think about this: semi-retirees and full retirees have money to spend too, although possibly not on a new home, or multiple homes! And as for the end of STYLE TV, I worked really hard at the point when STYLE came on and it was one of my weekend and evening gotos, along with HGTV and BBC America when it showed more home and garden related stuff. It relaxed me and was fun. I loved Sensible Chic! STYLE was so much fun then. Designers letting you see their digs, Holiday shows; going to N.Y. boutiques and restaurants,etc. I even watched the stuff I wasn't crazy about. I hardly EVER turn on E!TV and on HGTV I only watch the really good decorating/real estate shows, and it's very limited. A real shame, I think.

Leisa said...

Why doesn't HGTV find out what its viewers ACTUALLY want. I want design ideas. I'm not buying, selling or renovating, and won't be for a long time. Now I realize why they cancelled "The Next Design Star"--They don't have design shows anymore.

Peggy Bartusek said...

Please help name an hgtv show from around early 2000 a that a raspy voiced girl would take trash and make treasures she had straight brown hair and sounded like she's walked an Emory board and then a figtyish lady with shirt blonde hair from Chicago I think and I think she was a rich housewife who hosted a craft show it wasn't carol Duvall. This one had a more chic show and appearance. She was kind of wired like she took an upper but I liked that show too and I've searched and searched and hgtv doesn't acknowledge them. Please help tu

Nancy Fedell said...

I soooo agree with everyone--I think the one I hate most is Love It Or List It. All they do is make nasty cracks to each other--and nothing new in the way of material. House Hunters is all about dissatisfied people (who don't get any satisfaction even after they find their "dream home" and House Hunters International is just embarrassing. Not only dissatisfied but Ugly Americans who find everything in a foreign country sub-standard, at least not up to theirs. They should have stayed in the U.S. if everything is so much better here than where they're moving.

Chris Haltom said...

I can't believe what has come of HGTV, I grew up watching all of the shows (I think I literally watched every show on, and anticipated the next episode), I was sort of that kid that watched the shows that weren't what everyone else my age watched. But it was that extreme love for the way HGTV used to be, that started my desire to be an Interior Designer. Now that I have gone through school to be an Interior Designer, I was in a furniture store one day, I was talking to a salesperson, who told me I should have my own show on TV (I don't know if she really meant it or not), but it got me thinking, no I don't want a show on HGTV. How has what was once a great network, become something that pulls you down? It's like HGTV is inspiring everyone to become a realtor. I do have to say that there is one good show on now, Ellen's Design Challenge (although it could go into more detail, it does give some method, and breaks away from the other concepts).

Jay Conatser said...

I liked Design on a Dime with Casey and Joel. Back when they had the homeowners help with a project. Of course I knew that Casey doesn't finish any of the projects but I liked it before they starting showing the whole crew and now Casey just walks around in high heeled shoes. And what is with those shoes??? Put on some work shoes and at least act like you are really working.

AnnetteG said...

To add a comment, I would simply be repeating everything that was already said. I watched all of the how-to shows, adored them and even did some of the projects. I don't watch any of it at all anymore--it's only real estate shows, period.
I don't know if anyone previously mentioned Christopher Lowell--he was my go-to show and he was tons of fun to watch--and inspirational to boot. And again, like someone else said, I guess that HGTV does not care that a lot of people do not watch currently. At least I'm not.

AnnetteG said...

To add a comment, I would simply be repeating everything that was already said. I watched all of the how-to shows, adored them and even did some of the projects. I don't watch any of it at all anymore--it's only real estate shows, period.
I don't know if anyone previously mentioned Christopher Lowell--he was my go-to show and he was tons of fun to watch--and inspirational to boot. And again, like someone else said, I guess that HGTV does not care that a lot of people do not watch currently. At least I'm not.

MOM said...

Hgtv, please give us viewers (or former viewers) the kind of programming we really want.

Unknown said...

I agree I would not turn from Hgtv. I watched all the design shows especially Carol..Decorating cents Design on a dime..many more.

Sheila Henderson said...

I agree I would not turn from Hgtv. I watched all the design shows especially Carol..Decorating cents Design on a dime..many more.

Jane Johnson said...

I totally agree!!! I have a question, thete was another show on hgtv that was out around the same time Carol Duval. She had very dark hair, she did arts and crafts , cooked and the backdrop for the set was her kitchen. Does anyone remember this show?

Jane Johnson said...

I totally agree!!! I have a question, thete was another show on hgtv that was out around the same time Carol Duval. She had very dark hair, she did arts and crafts , cooked and the backdrop for the set was her kitchen. Does anyone remember this show?

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Jane, I'm afraid I can't remember their names anymore...maybe someone else will weigh in. People still find and comment on this article.

Nancy Cook said...

HGTV was my favorite channel. Saturday nights were the best when Decorating Cents staryed the night,then Room by Room followed by Desigb on a Dime and others. On Saturday mornings I thoroughly enjoyed watching Curb Appeal and the show, which designed backyards.

I really enjoyed the seasonal specials of Room by Room showing how to decorate both outside and inside. Also, Joan Steffend's enthusiasm was inspiring too.Many more people decorate than move. Everyone is right.

It is all about profit and they are not the only network.

HGTV was one of my top three channels with cable. I no longer have cable, as it is too costly to watch just two networks. I also found Create TV, which has many good shows and is inspiring once I gave up cable. Of course, I can watch some old shows on the internet.

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beadwarrior said...

From what I was able to discover the show was merely called The Carol Duvall show. It ran from the mid-nineties to 2005.

Nancy Cook said...

I want to add that the ION Life Network plays the old Divine Design shows. They also show old similar type re-decorating reruns on Saturday nights. These shows were on HGTV Canada 10 or so years ago. They are new to me, so I enjoy watching them.

victorian rains said...

What was the name of the show that started off with a expensive room and the people made the same room but for much less? I MISS THAT SHOW SO MUCH!

beadwarrior said...

That show was "Sensible Chic"-on of my faves. I particularly liked when they redid rooms by designer Linda Applegate, who imparted a French Country or Bohemian vibe! She always guested on those episodes.

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Lisa Arp said...

I SO agree with the earlier posts in this thread! Love It or List it is so contrived. I don't mind a little acting if it is GOOD, but the show hosts are not; they sound like Kindergarteners. House Hunters gets tiresome; most of the million episodes seem interchangeable. I am sick of early to mid twenties brides complaining that they just cannot live with the granite in a certain home and pouting when their husband reminds them that $750,000 is their absolute maximum budget. I am also done with the Property Brothers.
I adored the upper end old HGTV shows such as Sarah's House and Candice Olsen's show. Could I afford what they did? Absolutely not! Still, I thought they were great places to get new ideas that could be adapted somewhat to a more modest budget. In the same way it is fun to look at Architectural Digest it was exciting to watch those shows. I don't want to see houses that look like the average middle-class household, because that is my reality every day!
Finally, I am devastated that for the past few years HGTV has shown almost no holiday decorating shows. I really looked forward to those as I'm certain many others did.

Lisa Arp said...

I SO agree with the earlier posts in this thread! Love It or List it is so contrived. I don't mind a little acting if it is GOOD, but the show hosts are not; they sound like Kindergarteners. House Hunters gets tiresome; most of the million episodes seem interchangeable. I am sick of early to mid twenties brides complaining that they just cannot live with the granite in a certain home and pouting when their husband reminds them that $750,000 is their absolute maximum budget. I am also done with the Property Brothers.
I adored the upper end old HGTV shows such as Sarah's House and Candice Olsen's show. Could I afford what they did? Absolutely not! Still, I thought they were great places to get new ideas that could be adapted somewhat to a more modest budget. In the same way it is fun to look at Architectural Digest it was exciting to watch those shows. I don't want to see houses that look like the average middle-class household, because that is my reality every day!
Finally, I am devastated that for the past few years HGTV has shown almost no holiday decorating shows. I really looked forward to those as I'm certain many others did.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I totally agree with you, Lisa. And the fact that I still get comments on this post shows that many people feel the same way. We cut down our cable package, lost HGTV, and I wasn't sorry to see it go.

linda hock said...

Victorian rains, it is now called high low project and is on about once a week. I set it to record the whole show so I never miss out. I am watching it right now! Sabrina Soto. They are reruns but new to me.

linda hock said...

What was the name of the program where the woman would decorate a room with only things purchased from yard sales and flea markets?

Joanne McHallam said...

Totally agree with all the comments, was just googling and trying to figure out what happened to the designer shows! Bring them back!

bwright said...

Please...please bring back the decorating shows! I don't watch you anymore, and haven't for a long, long time.

bwright said...

Please...please bring back the decorating shows! I don't watch you anymore, and haven't for a long, long time.

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