Archive for the 'TV' Category

Wanna be on TV? 2013 casting calls from HGTV

Here’s what’s cooking on HGTV for early 2013: Get a Backyard Makeover From HGTV Landscaping Pros If you have an ugly yard with great potential, let our team of landscaping pros turn it into an amazing outdoor space. More Info Let HGTV Pros Help Renovate Your San Francisco Home We’re looking for buyers who recently [...]

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Casting Call — ‘Professional Grade’ on HGTV

Think you can renovate better and chaper than a contractor? Do you live in the Los Angeles area? Then HGTV’s popular new renovation show Professional Grade is looking for you. The goal is for you to find high-end materials on the cheap, do most of the labor yourself, and hire and manage subcontractors — such as plumbers [...]

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Laundry rooms of the rich and famous — their secret

So I’m sitting here watching HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David, one of my many guilty pleasures, and Larry is in one of his typical fixes. He’s offered to let the residents of a battered women’s shelter use his washer and dryer when theirs has gone on the fritz. Of course, if you know [...]

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The truth about HGTV’s House Hunters? Take the poll

First off, I’m addicted to House Hunters on HGTV. Well, I was addicted. Then I started looking into some allegations on the Internet that the show is really quite phony. For instance, some say the clients have already closed escrow on a house and the other two houses they are trying to choose from are [...]

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Casting Call: Clean House

Do you need help ridding your home of clutter? Are you having a hard time letting go of stuff you don’t need but just can’t seem to part with? Is your house in dire need of a makeover? If at least three rooms in your house are messy, you might need a visit from The Style Network’s [...]

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The Vanilla Ice Project: A revealing Q&A with the rapper-turned-remodeler

In 1990, he created a sensation with his hip-hop single, Ice Ice Baby. Two decades, several public controversies, and many life lessons later, Rob Van Winkle emerges from the shadow of his alter-ego, Vanilla Ice, to debut a mellow, more mature attitude and a new show, The Vanilla Ice Project, on the DIY Network.  We spoke exclusively with [...]

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Lisa LaPorta’s new website

The first thing I do when an episode of Designed to Sell comes on HGTV is check to see if Lisa LaPorta is the designer host. No offense to other worthy designers on the show, but Lisa is my favorite. She’s real. She’s talented. She’s calm. She’s classy. I just prefer to spend by Designed to [...]

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‘The Vanilla Ice Project’ coming Oct. 14 to DIY Network

You remember Vanilla Ice? The white rapper famous for the 1990s hit “Ice Ice Baby”? Well, who knew the rest of the story? Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, has become a very savvy home builder and investor during the past decade in South Florida, where he lives with his wife and [...]

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TV Review: Professional Grade on HGTV

I’m sitting here watching Professional Grade on HGTV and I must say, it’s painful. I’m watching a mother and daughter work on their kitchen and there’s a big chance they will hurt themselves. They’ve never done any kind of remodeling work before and they’re taking down a wall, adding new counters, moving appliances, tiling a backsplash, [...]

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Recession hits ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ — No more McMansions

You aren’t the only one feeling the pinch. In an exclusive interview with WalletPop’s Jason Cochran, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s resident carpenter, Paul DiMeo, reports that the tough times have hit his popular ABC show, too. One of the first things to change was the size of the homes. In years past, families would be [...]

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Flash Bulletin — Mike Holmes is single!

A breathtaking bit of news from HGTV popped up on my Twitter page the other day. Here's what it said: What is our #1 question lately? "Is Mike Holmes married?" And the answer is…NO! He is single This brings to mind a follow-up question: WHAAAAT? I mean, isn't Mike Holmes, star of Holmes on Homes, exactly [...]

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HGTV Casting Calls

Just as the Internet has allowed everyone to become a publisher, HGTV is making it possible for all of us to be TV stars. (Well, if we're attractive and bubbly, that is.) The shows below are looking for guests and information that may be used in a show. Anything here fit your situation? Let a [...]

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TV Review: My obsession with House Hunters

Lately I've developed an unhealthy obsession with HGTV's House Hunters. I say it's unhealthy because I spend way too much time on my rear end watching one House Hunters episode after another. And that's time I could be using more productively. To help ease this obsession, I thought it might help if I listed everything [...]

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to remodel house in Hattiesburg, Miss.

One lucky Hattiesburg (Miss.) family will welcome Christmas in a brand new remodeled home, thanks to ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Mayor Johnny DuPree made the announcement Thursday morning that Ty Pennington (above) and his crew of construction workers will arrive in Hattiesburg on December 3 and knock on the door of one lucky family. We [...]

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Rent-a-Husband allegedly divorces investors

Home repair contractor Kaile Warren had a rags-to-riches story that was enviable. The former homeless home improver credits "divine intervention" with giving him the idea for a home improvement company and brand name that would ultimately place him on a national stage that included appearances on Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the [...]

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Be on ‘Armchair Designer’ on HGTV . . . only amateurs need apply

Do you watch HGTV design shows and think: "I could do that"? Have you done the interior design of your own home, or helped your friends and neighbors with theirs? Think you have what it takes to be an interior designer, but never thought you’d ever get a chance to design for a real client? [...]

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Are you in a DIY nightmare? Does your family have a lot of personality? This renovation show wants you!

The production company that brought you "Wife Swap," a guilty pleasure of mine, is casting unique families with plenty of personality to take part in a new show. They are looking for families who are in a "Do-It-Yourself Home Nightmare." Is that you? For instance, did your husband or wife start a do-it-yourself project on [...]

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Eco-decorating is suddenly hip

I guess my friend and co-author Kitty Bartholomew is a visionary. For many years, long before it was eco-hip, she was finding new uses for old things that have served their purpose well and that deserve more than a slow ride to the landfill. Old leather belts are a case in point. Consider how much [...]

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Video: Green remodeling with Entourage’s Adrian Grenier

I didn't really want to like this guy, but he's pretty cool. His own house has denim insulation, reclaimed wood floors and reclaimed beams. He says these things are hipper and cooler than the old toxic materials. I like the way this guy thinks.  Check it out:

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‘Color Splash’ TV star likes muted colors at home

Well this is a fine fix: An article in the San Francisco Chronicle reveals that Danielle Hirsch, a regular on HGTV's "Color Splash," prefers muted colors in her own home in Mill Valley, Calif.  "I like neutral colors in my house because it helps keep me fresh," she said in the article. Above, you can [...]

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