the future of tv
HGTV, your home for home design television, has started to bite off the TLC model of slipping in voyeuristic freakshow programming into their lineup. No, it’s not quite Honey Boo Boo level yet, but the show You Live in What?? hardly falls under the expertise of a network that calls itself “Home & Garden Television.”
Especially when whole segments are dedicated to a Brooklyn man whose “portable dumpster” (as if there is any other kind of dumpster?) lifestyle is pretty much indicative of how the rest of America already views the borough’s real estate options.
We’re sure that Scoring the Deal will do very well. Like a bacon cheeseburger on a glazed doughnut, the Home and Garden channel has combined three elements that Americans love: professional sports, aspiration real estate and reality TV.
How could it not be a hit?
Besides the fact that athletes apparently make decisions very quickly and without much fuss because they must move quickly after signing new contracts?
Earlier today the Real Estate Desk talked to Mr. Steele about his plans for world domination, vis-a-vis the expansion of his Curbed Web sites from New York, L.A., and San Francisco to a national edition, as well as two more locals in Chicago and, fingers crossed, Miami. But isn’t the economy in the shitter? Read More