Archive for the 'TV' Category

The Human Footprint: Take the survey

The Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire life’s consumption in one place at one time. The website includes these 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s my status and my goals. Post [...]

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Psst . . . wanna be on TV?

The following home shows need you: ‘Myles of Style’ Want a makeover from HGTV “Design Star” winner Kim Myles, who charmed viewers with her personality and imaginative spin on design? Now, Kim’s eager to roll up her sleeves and bring her brand of affordable sophistication to fans across the country. If you could use a [...]

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No date Saturday? Then you can watch the premiere of ‘Date My House’

If you don’t have a hot date for Saturday night, you can still get a little dating action with the premier of "Date My House" on the Learning Channel. It’s hosted by Bob Guiney of "The Bachelor" fame, with help from Los Angeles interior designer Nadia Geller. I just watched a sneak preview of the [...]

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5 Questions for: HGTV’s green guy Carter Oosterhouse

Los Angeles resident Carter Oosterhouse is the “green face” of HGTV. He’s a former “Trading Spaces” star and the host of “Carter Can” (which introduces a green element into every episode). Carter is launching a new design show for the network called “Red, Hot & Green.” Plus, Carter is hosting HGTV’s Green Home Giveaway special [...]

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For HGTV’s Kim Myles, a good start

For Kim Myles fans who were put off by what one commenter here called a “bizarre” color scheme during HGTV’s “Myles of Style” show on Sunday, tonight’s presentation may have been her vindication. The boutique hotel décor of the reveal was stunning with a richly hued wall of puddling drapes and a three-toned upholstered headboard. [...]

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TV Review: ‘Myles of Style’

This was supposed to be a review of the new HGTV show "Myles of Style," hosted by Kim Myles, who won the Design Star 2 competition and was rewarded with her own show. I say this was "supposed" to be a review because I missed the premiere Sunday night. It seems my satellite TV service [...]

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Home shows rock on despite down market

You’d hardly know there was a housing crisis by watching reality home shows. The properties on these shows are still getting bought, sold, flipped, updated and dated (as in TLC’s new show "Date My House"). According to HGTV, nine of its top 10 series deal with buying and selling homes, including "House Hunters," "My First [...]

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New show: ‘Date My House’ on TLC

I guess HGTV’s new show “Sleep On It,” where prospective homeowners get to try out a house before they buy it, must be doing well. Now TLC, the Learning Channel, has its own version: “Date My House.” It begins April 5 at 8:30 p.m. The new show is hosted by reality star “Bachelor Bob” Guiney [...]

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Casting Call: ‘Dress My Nest’ with Thom Filicia

If you live in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, and you are what the producers refer to as a "cute, outgoing and fun female aged 21 to 40," you might be interested in this casting call, which I heard about from casting associate Lolly Arpaci: Casting call for a hip home makeover show: Dress [...]

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Smash Lab tries to build an earthquake-proof house

Tonight on Discovery Channel, the Smash Lab team of maverick engineers attempts to construct an earthquake-proof house. Yeah, I’m interested. We lost some walls in the 1971 Sylmar quake, and some bookcases in the 1994 Northridge quake. The idea comes from inside the hold of an aircraft, where a system is used to move cargo [...]

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New show premieres tonight: ‘Hollywood Residential’

This could be hilarious. A new show, "Hollywood Residential," premieres on the Starz channel tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. It’s a semi-scripted spoof (think "Curb Your Enthusiasm") that skewers all parties equally: home improvement shows, struggling actors-turned-contractors, celebrities wanting to get their houses worked on for free (trying to get something, anything for free). Guest [...]

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Video: Green Claremont fire rebuild

We first met this wonderful couple — Vern and Deb Jahnke — earlier this year when they gave me a tour of their Claremont home for a Pardon Our Dust feature. You can see photos of their very green home and read their inspiring story. Now you can also see the gorgeous home, which rose [...]

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What’s the reality of reality home shows?

As I was posting the latest casting call from Pie Town Productions for another new reality home show, I began to wonder: Is participating in one of these shows really a good thing? If you or someone you know has been on a reality home show, please let us know what we might be in [...]

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Casting Call: Rate My Space

Here’s a casting call from Pie Town Productions: Pie Town Productions is currently casting fun and energetic homeowners for an exciting new HGTV series, called Rate My Space. Rate My Space is based on a popular online community for do-it-yourself home designers, on www.hgtv.com. It’s a website where people go to share photos of the [...]

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Ideas for new home shows: Which would YOU watch?

So the Hollywood writers’ strike is on and we’ve all to do our part, fill in the gap, step up to the plate, pull up our bootstraps and all the other clichés that pop up when there are no real writers on the job. Some of us on the Pardon Our Dust Blog have come [...]

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TV writers’ strike? Let’s help out with ideas for new home shows

TV and film writers may decide to strike, and if they do, I’d like to do my part by coming up with ideas for new home shows. Here are new home shows I’d like to see: • Contractors’ Challenge: This show would be like Designers’ Challenge, but with contractors. I mean, it’s finding a contractor [...]

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Screwed up your SoCal remodel? HGTV wants you

From the HGTV website: HGTV’s "Over Your Head" with host Eric Stromer is again looking for Southern California homeowners who’ve abandoned their remodeling projects and need expert help to finish the job! Did you truly believe you could work magic with a hammer and a drill — but now your unfinished bathroom or patio looks [...]

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Most helpful home improvement shows?

Are home improvement TV shows really helpful? Or are they just content wrapped around commercials? AOL has put together a list of its 17 most useful home improvement TV shows: Take Home Handyman (TLC), Dream House (HGTV), What’s With That House? (HGTV), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), Flipping Out (Bravo), Toolbelt Diva (DIY), House Hunters [...]

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If this self-centered property flipper seems normal to me, have I lived in California too long?

I quite enjoyed watching Jeff Lewis, the narcissistic host of Bravo’s new home improvement show, Flipping Out. Sure, he’s obsessive compulsive. And self-important. And a jerk. But I felt for the guy. He’s going to therapy for goodness sake. He does scream therapy. He’s trying! That’s how I think. But I’ve lived in California my [...]

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Drama in rehab: Test your flipping IQ

Not enough drama in your own remodel? Bravo’s new show, Flipping Out, will fill in the gap. The show premieres Tuesday and “follows the antics of one of Los Angeles’ most colorful real estate speculators, Jeff Lewis,” the website says. “It takes a special kind of personality to handle flipping six multimillion-dollar houses at one [...]

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