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Sep 23, 2012, 12:53 PM
Canadian Programs
Does anyone, including HGTV Programming, know why there are so many programming hours dedicated to Canadian HGTV? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching PROPERTY BROTHERS, LOVE IT OR LIST IT, HOLMES-shows. But give American shows some time. Every other day is another two or three hours of either PROPERTY BROTHERS or LOVE IT OR LIST IT. No longer am I enjoying Saturday night with Genevive Gordan, Sabrina Soto, David or the others that made Saturday night "Must See" for me. And I won't get started on the number of hours given to HOUSE HUNTERS. Can HGTV Programming get back to CASH & CARI or one of the winners of DESIGN STAR or CURB APPEAL: THE BLOCK or GARDEN BY THE YARD? Can you give Chip Wade's show ELBOW ROOM a chance instead of burying it in daytime TV where you have to be ill to see some good shows?

I realize that shows from Canada can be cheaper to import than producing them here. They're good shows. But I want to see some design shows in the USA.
Oct 06, 2012, 12:45 PM
I agree about the Canadian shows. Give the shows to the USA, please!!!!
Oct 06, 2012, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by lilsophie:
I agree about the Canadian shows. Give the shows to the USA, please!!!!

Really? The vast majority of HGTV programming is US-based, FWIW. What do you think House Hunters is, every hour, every day? Smile

Now, if you want BETTER US-based programming, that's another story.
Aug 11, 2013, 03:56 PM
It has to do with "cost" and union wages of the crews in the US. I think the Brothers and others, should expand to smaller cities and towns in the US. As soon as I see the price of a dumpy brick duplex, I know it's in Canada right away. I wouldn't pay 100K for some of those, let alone 550K or above.
Aug 11, 2013, 05:13 PM
That's it. Blame it on unions...FWIW, my experience of living in Canada was that they made much more money than we do in the US.
Aug 20, 2013, 02:02 PM
If you notice on the closing credits they acknowledge support from the Canadian government. HGTV USA and HGTV Canada are different companies. The shows for the most part are produced by production companies not HGTV-Canada or HGTV-USA.

I believe that Property Brothers and their spin-offs and LIOLI/LIOLI-II are produced by the W network in Canada and picked up by HGTV-USA.

Aren't some of the Property Bros shows done in the USA now? And it looks to me like the Brother v. Brother show is done in California. The homes certainly have a west coast look to them. Unless BC follows the same style of construction (Spanish style/stucco) as California.

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Aug 20, 2013, 08:33 PM
The programming supported by the Canadian government used to mean (at least to me) that there was a good chance it would be quality programming such as Colour Confidential, the various Sarah Richardson and Candice Olsen shows, etc. If the government is now supporting LIOLI or Property Bros, they have gone down hill as far as I'm concerned.