We all like to watch TV shows from time to time. Reality TV shows are interesting, but they tend to be sometimes far too unrealistic. Depending on the topic of the show, we may or may not care about that. When the show covers architecture and design, we like to watch the show and pay little attention to the drama, and much more to the design and architecture.
This is why shows that are hosted on HGTV work just fine for architecture enthusiasts. HGTV has an interesting history and there are some pretty fun facts about the channel, which you might not have heard of. Let us remedy that.
HGTV in Its Early Days
HGTV was not even supposed to have the name that it has today, which is Home & Garden Television. Its original name was supposed to be Home, Lawn and Garden Channel. The name is a mouthful and it is obvious why HGTV sounds much better.
The idea for HGTV was brought to life by radio executive Kenneth Lowe in 1992. The channel was supposed to launch earlier, but instead it ended up being launched in 1994. It was quite a spectacle during its early days, pulling a lot of viewers and earning a lot of money for the channel. House Hunters was one of the channel’s first shows, an iconic one that fans still love. It was launched in 1999.
The Shows are Just Shows
What most people don’t realize about reality TV shows, particularly the ones like HGTV shows, is that they are first shows, and the reality is bent as much as possible, to accommodate for easy shooting and efficient planning. In House Hunters, participants are visited after a month or two month period, but the shooting is typically done in three to four days, at max.
This means that the timelines do not match, at all. Participants also visit locations they had already visited and most of the time, have already purchased a home prior to even being on the show. Some participants said that they visited two of their friends’ homes, for an easier and cheaper shoot.
Property Actors, Er, Brothers
Jonathan and Drew Scott, the property brothers, are two actors who were struggling hard to find roles and break through into Hollywood. They did have smaller roles in X-Files and Smallville, but then eventually moved to real estate. They flipped a house for 50000 dollars and realized that real estate works better than acting.
Jonathan, for, example, is not a contractor, even though he plays the role. When houses are renovated, he never does any work, but rather a construction company, often a local one, which explains the change in people. Given that this is a TV channel with TV shows, the brothers being actors does not come as a surprise, even though they have ample real estate experience.
Dream Homes Are Pricey
The Dream Homes contest is pretty great to see, where contestants get great houses, a car and everything else you could dream of, except an income to sustain such a house. While the house itself might be sustainable, the taxes are not. Almost all Dream Homes winners end up selling their houses as soon as possible, because they just cost too much to maintain.
HGTV is a great channel to watch, but its shows can be unrealistic from time to time, which is to be expected.