I came here hoping I would find some hope that HGTV would go back to what it used to be. It looks like I'm not alone in that quest. I was an avid viewer for many years due to the home decor shows, but lately cannot even stand to watch this channel. It is part of an unfortunate trend Im noticing with all of my once-favorite channels. Dumbing down. Less variety. Same song and dance, different title. I used to like LIOLI, when it was on TLC (I believe.) Any more, I can't stand it. It IS exactly the same each and every episode, it IS unrealistic, and it IS overly dramatic. The other major complaint I have with that show in particular is Hilary's lack of consideration for the kids. I mean, no one likes toys everywhere. Im a mother myself. But come on! Not a toy in sight, not even in the areas she deems as "play rooms?" The last few episodes Ive seen involving families with young children have their play spaces totally obliterated and Hilary's dedicated "play spaces" are nothing like what children would actually enjoy spending time in. Not realistic.
I occasionally watched Selling NY/LA just to see what "the other side" is like, since I still rent. I'm saving to buy a house, so of course some shows about real estate appeal to me too. But the majority of people in this economy are looking for ways to beautify their home (whether they rent or buy) on a budget. Jobs are lost, kids are expensive, and most people are far more interested in learning how to decorate what they already have as opposed to spending lavish amounts of money they don't have to spare. Although my main career path is criminal justice, I am an amateur interior design buff, and I owe alot of that interest to HGTV's older programming. Again, unrealistic. HGTV has really lost touch with its viewers.
And these marathons? Every day? It's one thing to drop quality shows, but it's a new low when all you play are the shows people not only seem to dislike, but are blatantly telling you they are sick of. I've seen complaints on this board over a year ago saying the exact same thing people are saying today. Unless HGTV starts listening to their (remaining) fans and starts providing the variety of programs they used to, they might as well just give up. Or did they already do that?This message has been edited. Last edited by: KFaux01,
Ditto to the above. Don't you wonder if they ever read these boards? Who makes the decisions as to what is shown and what is thrown out? What's wrong with weekly or daytime formats? Is it just easier to run 8 hours of something no one wants to watch? (I save electricity that way, at least.) I am so disappointed in this network.
In my book, the real estate shows could disappear. Most of us are looking for ways to improve the places where we currently live. At least that's what my cronies tell me, and it's what I read on these boards. Apparently, anyone who could do something about this sad state of affairs never reads the boards...........
Today, I watched a tape of an old "Meg's Great Rooms." I found a paint color I'd like to check out. Good luck trying to find out anything from the website. Even that is convoluted now.
I find myself watching more DIYnetwork than HGTV.
Posts: 21 | Location: FL | Registered: Aug 28, 2006
The dumbing down of America is a bit disturbing. I tuned into CNN news the other day and they started off the hour with at least 5 minutes dedicated to Alex Rodriquez and his suspension. This was then followed by two stories about murder. Then they must've spent only a couple minutes on each story having to do with world affairs, health insurance, etc. Who cares about these things? They only affect our lives. Pop culture figures are more important than anyone else.
Thanks to texting, so many people can't seem to write anymore. Yet everyone is so interested in being in contact with everyone all the time.
Oh, back on topic. HGTV seems tossed between creating game shows or individual shows with a single template, which means the same flow and expected results.
I wanna know how to fix things and make things grow!
Agreed, Travelingram. I, too, tune into DIY the most.
Posts: 760 | Location: Plano, Texas | Registered: Oct 27, 2006
I agree with So Disappointed. Love It or List It...HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT. The saturation is redundant. Why they show the ONE HOUR show ALL THE TIME is beyond me. When I click on HGTV and that's on, I can't change the channel fast enough. HATE IT.
Posts: 5 | Location: Georgia | Registered: Oct 22, 2013
I totally agree. I will watch a few, like the high/low project, G. Gorder shows, and Candace, but they are few and far between. I wish that they would have DIY project shows like the old David Bromstad shows, Design on a Dime, etc., where you actually learn something. The Bio channel, the Hallmark channel, and some public TV channels have this type of programming and I watch those instead of HGTV.
You know, I HAVE quit watching HGTV for the most part, except yesterday I watched the new High/Low shows, and if I see a new show of Color Splash or Color Confidential I will watch that, but I'm mystified about why they don't have these new shows on prime time. They would be SO much better than the stale repeats they have on prime now. I'm only here today because I got a notification, otherwise I'm completely oblivious to what is happening on my once favorite channel. Now I'm stuck watching old repeats of Find & Design on the BIO channel. It's the show that they redo a room with flea market & yard sale finds. I sure wish certain other channels would get that "idea".
This channel has been going down the drain for years now with no end in sight. The website has also declined. When I need decorating or renovating tips I go to HOUZZ. I check the message boards every now and then but its basically the same old tired shows and the same complaints on the message boards.
Totally agree. I complained about the same thing over a year ago. I just don't get the repeated shows on buying and selling. And Love it or List It has such fake drama. It makes Hilary look like and idiot and _ _ _ _ _.