September 7, 2010

What’s new on HGTV Canada

There are a few new shows debuting on HGTV Canada this week. Which ones will you be watching?

Battle on the Block
Host: Genevieve Gorder
When: Tuesday @ 9:00PM

Premise: Battle On the Block is a fun, character-driven home makeover show where three neighbouring families compete against one another in an effort to design and build one new room from scratch, all in the span of a single weekend! The winner not only gets $10,000 but also bragging rights in the neighbourhood.

Will I be watching? This sounds like a mini version of my favourite all-time home show, The Block. But I can can only take so much of Genevieve Gorder and her baby voice. Might watch.

Color Splash
Host: David Bromstad
When: Weekdays @ 10:00AM & 3:30PM


Premise: Design Star champion, David Bromstad, won a slot as host of the new series, Color Splash. He brings his exuberance, passion, decorating savvy and unwavering belief that "color is the root of great design" to transform tired rooms for homeowners each week into vibrant, unforgettable spaces — while he teaches us to do the same in our homes.

Will I be watching? You bet!!

My First Sale
Host: N/A
When: Monday @ 8:00PM


Premise: Think buying your first place is tough? Try selling it! My First Sale takes the proven and successful docudrama format of My First Place  and turns it upside down — telling the story from the seller's point of view. Selling your first place means the stakes are even higher than when you purchased. More pressure, more jeopardy, more to gain — and potentially thousands to lose. For HGTV viewers, My First Sale has even more drama and, most important, more valuable takeaways to help viewers make top dollar on their own sale.

Will I be watching? Probably, but might get bored of it after a while.

Selling New York
Host(s): Michelle Kleier, Ian Kleier, Shaun Osher, John Gomes
When: Wednesday @ 9:00PM


Premise: They are assertive, razor-sharp and always compelling real estate brokers in the country's most competitive market. In a city of over 8 million people, where the average sale price is over $2 million, the competition to seal the deal is stiff. Now, catch a rare glimpse into a world where a solid reputation at the top of the real estate food chain involves swimming with the sharks, going head-to-head with the best, and rubbing shoulders with the wealthiest and trendiest of New York's social, political and artistic elite. This is Selling New York.

Will I be watching? Sounds to me like the New York version of Million Dollar Listing, which I can’t stand. Might watch the first episode out of curiosity, but I’ll probably be turned off by the exorbitant prices and potentially pretentious buyers.

As for the new HGTV schedule — why do they insist on Holmes on Homes repeat overkill?? He’s still on at noon, 6:00PM, and 11:00PM every day. I assume they need a certain percentage of Canadian content, but there are so many HGTV US shows that we don’t get here — why not give us a few of those instead of showing constant repeats of the same Canadian shows??



Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

I really like the sound of My First Sale (I'm a wannabe real estate agent!) and I also like Selling New York because , unlike you, I LOVE Million Dollar Listing!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Thanks for the update and the synopsis of each show! I might watch the Colour one but pass on the others.

Unknown said...


I don't watch any I find the constant commercials a problem.


BubBLeS said...

woo.. I love it when you introduce new shows to us! And yes, I'm really getting tired of Holmes on Homes. Even I recognize the repeats, and I don't follow it religiously... Are they done with "Million Dollar Listings"? I don't even know who watches that show! It's so boring.. and I can't stand those brats!

Susan @ Your home, only better. said...

I'll join you in watching Color Splash. I'm soooo fed up with "forgettable" spaces! I'm actually house hunting now, and probably 50% of the homes I've toured, I don't remember!

Christy said...

Selling NY is NOTHING like Millionaire listing, thank god. It's one of my favorites down here in the States. As is David Bromstad's Color Splash Miami. His first season was plain old Color Splash, in CA, and he was on a budget - now in his second season, in his hometown of Miami, he's got a seemingly unlimited budget and WOW pops of color all over the place - I LOVE that show! We have the other shows too...but I don't like them. Have fun tonight!

Layers and Layers said...

So excited for Selling NY, heard it's very good!!! watched My first Sale last night (won't be doing that again ... can you say "streeeeeeeeeeetch" it out. haven't & probably won't (intentionally anyway) watch battle on the block ... done with those kinda shows years ago.... Hey, HGTV, where the beef! hahaha .... Fun post Kelly! thanks

Anonymous said...

The Block 2010, Aussie version, starts here next week !

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

It's not fair, I want to see these shows too!

Michelle said...

Totally with you on all of it...except I think I will love MDListing, since I often surf Manhattan real estate and dream of what I can't afford.

And the Holmes on Homes over that about oversaturation!

When I go to the states, I love watching their HGTV, and last time I watched 9 on Design (I think that's what it's called) that family and show! I noticed we got one episode recenly on Canadian Bravo, and it's got to be more than 3 years old.

Truth is, after working on some episodes while at a HGTV designer's firm, it's lost it's romance, and I'm sick of not seeing real design on the network. My fav shows are the ones where they actually show the work, and the timeline is realistic.

Feeling a bit couch potatoey today...maybe a good day to watch some tube :)

Emma said...

You'll have to tell me how they all are. I spend so much time blogging now that we git rid of cable! Of course, I'm hoping to still be able to watch a few things on line. I wonder if HGTV Canada is going to pick Secrets of a Stylist. I like the looks of that show.

Staci Edwards said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Selling New York! I like shock value of real estate prices, although I'm sure I will be annoyed by the buyers... And agents.

funcolors said...

I do like to watch David B. on Color Splash. I just think he is phenomenally talented on many design and color fronts.

The commercials can be a kill-joy to the show, I agree. I have the DVR set to record all the new episodes. Otherwise, I just can't sit there and endure!

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