Vern Yip was interviewed by accessAtlanta.com on May 23rd, explaining the cancellation of HGTV Design Star/ Star. He stated that although the 2013 season garnered viewers numbering 1.5 million that was half of the 3 million viewers at the shows peak in 2009. He attributed it to a shift in trends and mentioned other competition shows like Top Chef which suffered a similar loss in viewers.
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I'm afraid the quality of all HGTV shows has gone down the tubes. The former fan base of this cable channel is disgruntled over the shows offered. So many of the worthwhile programs are gone, only to be replaced by boring, predictable shows where "reality" is nothing but scripted nonsense.
Even though it wasn't as good the last few seasons it was still head & shoulders above Brother vs Brother. I fast forwarded through most of last Sundays episode.
I so miss the true design shows they use to have. I learned so much from the old shows, like Designers Challenge, Christoperh Lowe, the old Design on a Dime, it's been so long I can't even remember the names of the other shows.
I haven't been on this board in a long time, although I do remember some of you on this thread - I just came here to see whether there was any news on Design Star - What a shame, it was my favorite show at one time. I agree that the cable networks have not been keeping their best competition shows fresh and the ratings have suffered for it. IMO, it all started going downhill for DS the season they decided to have Mark Burnett produce the show and turned it into a snark fest of major proportions. After that and getting rid of Clive Pearse, it was never the same. RIP Design Star, I will always remember seeing David Bromstad and Alice Fakier in person doing their final challenge in Bryant Park in NYC. It was so exciting....
I can't tell you how upsetting this news is, that there will not be a Design Star! HGTV and producer have it wrong - it's still popular and should also start improving their other programs. Just not the same old HGTV it used to be...
I wish they would have the White Room challenge at least. They were showing a few episodes of that show a while back. I only have Food Network challenge to look forward to. Do they have any more episodes of Design on a Dime?