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  •  At least they caught the error (26+ / 0-)

    before production began and killed the project.

    From the descriptions I read, it sounds like a US version of the popular Canadian show Property Brothers, with twins (one a real estate agent, the other a contractor) helping couples find fixer-uppers and turning them into their dream homes while staying on budget. The show is carried on HGTV and has quite a following (as do the brothers). Not surprised there's interest in doing one here in the States; they could have found a better choice of spokesmen though.

    HGTV has been known for the diversity of its programming; shows have featured same-sex couples, interracial families, unmarried couples, single home buyers, the works. I somehow doubt that the Benhams would have supported the same diversity in their clientele.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:45:48 PM PDT

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    •  I've seen that show at the gym (8+ / 0-)

      along with "Love it or List It" "Property Virgins" "My First Sale" and "Flip or Flop" (and other really hideous things like "Island Hunter").

      Mostly I hate that stuff: middle class people who won't buy a house if it doesn't have granite countertops in the kitchen or an en suite bath in the master bedroom. Jeez.

    •  i suppose (3+ / 0-)
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      the pool of twins who fit similar roles is rather small, however.

      hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

      by alguien on Thu May 08, 2014 at 06:08:38 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, Cali! (11+ / 0-)

      As a person who sometimes watches HGTV when I want to glaze and daze and get away from news and drama, I have often been amazed at how quietly diverse their programming is particularly regarding same sex couples.

      While the rest of the country has raged on over gay rights, HGTV has quietly been showing same sex couples for YEARS, looking for a house, or re-decorating one.

      If you consider the large demographic for these shows---everyone from republican mamas to arch liberals, I've often thought how quietly brave this is. And how no one has complained, or at least not in a way that had made any news or cost HGTV any PR problems.

      IMO, this is the way equality comes sometimes, in quieter places that don't make it an issue, but just bob along as if biracial and same sex couples are as normal as any Ozzie and Harriet out there.

      Despite how shallow some may see HGTV as, as un-tuned into the real world, or not in synch with the "important things" in this area they have excelled imo, and I commend them for pulling the plug on this show, and pretty fast once the background of these guys came out.

      If only the same could be said for Duck Dynasty...

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Thu May 08, 2014 at 06:38:26 PM PDT

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      •  I've noticed that on HGTV (2+ / 0-)
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        There will be some designer/builder doing a makeover for a couple, yawn, boring. And then without even thinking about it you realize the couple is same sex or interracial or whatever and the show does not refer to that fact in any way whatsoever. It's like watching a show twenty years in the future where this stuff just does not matter.

        Good for HGTV.

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