Putting the fun back in dysfunctional.
The DIY network
We love home renovation stuff at our house. Since we are working class, we have to buy houses and then work on them. High end buys are not in our budget, plus doing it yourself is FUN and gives a sense of pride.
So we watch a lot of HGTV and DIY Network shows about renovations.
DIY is totally misleading. There are no DIY shows on there. They are “if you agree to be on our show we will send you a contractor to help you do your house.” Also, I suspect there are many crew members who help out that we rarely or never see on these shows.
DIY Network, you need some new shows that tone down the renovations and have projects that are simpler, that the average person CAN actually do on their own renovations by following along at home. IT doesn’t have to be flashy, or fancy.
Except for Renovation Realities. This show follows home owners as they take on HUGE renovations with a shoestring budget, too little time and too little experience and often with small children they are also trying to care for. There is almost always a disaster, a screaming wife, and a husband who wants to say “fuck it all, hire someone else to take care of this.”
If you are in the US you can watch it here. In Canada the DIY Network website is bare bones, sad. And they also have Real Renos which is the total opposite of Renovation Realities. RIch people who have a bevy of people working on their houses, and a supposed general contractor, who doesn’t seem to oversee these massive projects at all. And the show is boring.
What do you think should a channel called DIY have shows that are actually Do-It-Yourself? Or do you like seeing the huge renovations?