Archive for the ‘HGTV’ Category


HGTV’s Design INC.

February 19, 2007

What makes a tv show work where others have failed. It hard to say, there are many factors involved in order to have a hit. One of my all time favorite personalities on HGTV as long been Sarah Richardson of design Inc.

This series is a must see for anyone looking for an insider’s view into Canadian interior design. Its well filmed, with a very likable star and a crew that makes it worth watching. I personaly love and here estetic apeals to lots of urban profossionals who ultimatly ware he audiance that HGTV is looking to atract. In a sea of boring design shows, here is one that makes it worth your while and who seems to truly enjoy what they are doing.


Big city broker, good start

February 7, 2007

Tonight’s premiere of Big City Broker on HGTV Canada was a success from a content point of view. I enjoyed the show, found the style and content very apealing. Looking forward to see how it develops… Looks like another good show from Alliance Atlantis. You can get more info and scheduling info here.


HGTV’s hits and misses

January 31, 2007

Well its this time of year that I decide which one’s of the new shows will I keep watching. Some of HGTV’s new shows have really hit the mark, but some of the new ones have fallen flat. Here are a few of my hits and misses for the 2006-2007 season.


  • National Open House – Love this show, its preaty straight forward but interesting in its attempt to show you what different amounts can buy in the US in realestate.
  • Million Dollar listing – Again an american production, but nevertheless allows people to dream about that Malibu sunshine. Nicely done with entertaining hosts.
  • Property Virgins – Love that Sandra Rinomito, she makes this show a must see in our house. Informative and entertaining.


  • DIY dissaster – We don’t like the host, there can only be one Mike Holmes.
  • The Style Department – Was looking forward to this one, and in the en, we found it boring. Beautifull photography deosn’t translate well to this show.
  • Makeover Wish – Well this show seemed interesting in the begining, but after a few shows we can pretty much guess that some deserving woman somewhere in rural Canada that has had her life affected by disease has been nominated to be the recipient of a 25K makeover. To repetitive, too short and seems to be trying to be like Xtreme Home makeover without any of the fun or glory. Very dissapointing.

Can’T get enough of that Holmes

January 26, 2007

Is mike holmes HGTV Canada’s first real superstar? I see him on TV selling me some instant coffee and I can watch him on BBC Canada and HGTV. Just in case that wasn’t enough I can read his thoughts in the Globe and Mail (Toronto edition) and find out how to insulate my house for winter.

I like Mike, he’s got character and if I were to have work done on my house I would be only too happy if I could find someone as dedicated to the Cause as he is. Is it overboard, doens Mike Holmes risk too much media exposure by doing so many things at the same time… Time will tell.


HGTV, lets start with those virgins

January 22, 2007

I will in the upcoming days comment on some of the new shows that HGTV has introduced this season. To start with, one of the good ones so far is Property Virgins, a half hour show, shot in Toronto with host Sandra Rinomato who I really like in this role. We watch every episode and have not been disappointed so far with what was shown. This show is informative and entertaining, giving lots of potential first time buyers a glimpse into the Toronto market. I hope that HGTV keeps this one!


Designed to sell, or sold on design?

January 20, 2007

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HGTV’s successful design Duo, Steve Sabados and Chris Hyndman, are about to launch their own product line in Canada. The line should feature affordable designer products accessible to all. If you want to read more on this the Calgary Herald has an item on the subject. Life network has been a great launch pad for these guys, and I am sure we will see even more projects in the years to come.