The hosts on HGTV make it look easy! They’re polished, funny, and informative. The seem effortless on camera. But are they? No! Here are some fun examples of when things didn’t go quite right the first time.
HGTV has a category called “Fantasy Lifestyle” that includes shows such as Caribbean Life, Island Life, and Hawaii Life and it has ordered nearly 100 additional episodes. That’s a lot of fantasy!
In other HGTV news, the network has landed in the number one spot in cable for women for the last three weeks.
Lots of Fixer Upper news as usual:
How does the show work? Several couples share their experiences of being on the show.
Have you wondered what’s between Chip and Joanna’s legs when filming? I didn’t know this was a thing.
So many people tried booking Magnolia House that the website crashed. BTW, its $695 per night for the whole house.
More backstage info, this time from David Bromstad about ‘My Lottery Dream Home’
18 things you may not know about Flip or Flop’s Christina and Tarek.
As I’ve been putting together each Friday’s post, What’s New Next Week, I’m noticing that not that much is new and in fact there’s not a lot of variety in the weekly schedule either. You’ve probably noticed this too – the same shows seem to be on all the time. The couple of time slots in which the network experiments are early in the morning and sometimes on the weekends.
If you’re a regular viewer you know the top shows right now are Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Love it or List it and the various House Hunters.
So, how often are the same shows on? I looked at Sunday through Saturday this week and here are some answers.
The winner for most showings is…a tie. House Hunters and Flip or Flop will each be on 34 times this week! That’s 32% of total shows this week.
Property Brothers (24 times) and Love it or List (23 times) are next. These two represent 22% of total shows this week.
Just these four shows represent over half of the programming on HGTV this week!
I also looked at the categories the shows fall into – Renovation, House Hunting, Flipping, or Design.
House hunting shows such as House Hunters, Caribbean Life, etc. account for 40% of all programming.
Renovation shows such as Property Brothers and Love it or List it account for 37%.
Flipping shows such as Flip or Flop and 5 Day Flip account for 17% and of course most of that is Flip or Flop.
Design shows (and I was widely inclusive here) such as Ellen’s Design Challenge and Flea Market Flip account for 6% and of course Ellen’s Design Challenge is a limited run show.
What does all this mean for you? For each of us the answer will be different. If you’re a Flip or Flop fan maybe you’ll be thrilled with this week’s programming. I like the show but won’t watch any of the episodes beside the new one. I’m also a big fan of House Hunters and will watch each new episode of it this week. What I miss are the design and craft shows and I’d love to see that percentage go way up. How about you? What would you like to see more or less of?
Have you noticed the synergy between HGTV and The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? Several stars have made appearances in both places. It makes sense, both are vehicles to gain exposure and further a career. Let’s take a look at those who have crossed over.
From The Bachelor to HGTV
Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright – Going Yard
Chris, a landscape designer, was on season 6 of The Bachelorette and Peyton was on season 10 of The Bachelor. They didn’t marry the leads from their seasons but did marry each other and starred on Going Yard. Chris is also the new star of DIY’s Yard Crashers.
Jillian Harris – Love it or List it Too/Vancouver
Jillian, an interior designer, was on season 13 of The Bachelor then became the bachelorette for season 5 of that show. She’s now combined the design and television experiences into Love it or List it Too.
Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter – Rocky Mountain Reno
Trista appeared on the original season of The Bachelor then also led on the first season of The Bachelorette. She met and chose Ryan on the latter show. Neither had a design career however both were hands on in the renovations the shows featured.
Bob Guiney – Showhouse Showdown
Bob was on the first season of The Bachelorette. The same show Trista was the lead. He was then choosen as the bachelor on the fourth season of that show. He was new to television before his appearances on the Bachelor franchises but has subsequently made a career in entertainment including a hosting gig on Showhouse Showdown.
From HGTV to The Bachelor
Chris Harrison – Designers’ Challenge
In the biggest success story here, Chris is the lone example of someone who parlayed facetime on HGTV to a successful gig on a network show . Before he was the host of the Bachelor franchise shows, which have been running for 14 years now, Chris was the host of Designers’ Challenge.
In what would have been another big success, Jonathan Scott of the Property Brothers franchise reveals that he was approached by The Bachelor about being the lead on that show. I wonder who else The Bachelor/’Ette has approached from HGTV?
Finally, while not exactly a crossover, for several years now, stars of the Bachelor shows have appeared on a float during the Rose Parade, televised by HGTV.
OK, fans of both HGTV and the Bachelor shows, did I miss anyone? Who would you like to see from HGTV on The Bachelor or Bachelorette? Who would you like to see from The Bachelor or Bachelorette on HGTV?