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?

52 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 d├ęcor. 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.

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