Design Star: Your Show Is (or Should Be) Cancelled

Maybe it’s just that competitive reality shows have hit the tipping point. Maybe it’s that being a “star” on HGTV is sort of like being the quickest runner at fat camp. Maybe it’s that fast design isn’t usually good design. Whatever the reason, HGTV’s reality show Design Star needs to fall, and soon.

HGTV has built a programming niche all its own over the years, even though Discovery and DYI and other cable nets have tried with varying levels of success to capitalize on it. And most of the shows are decent junk-food programming both for home design-fans and the design-challenged. It further helps those of us in Colorado that HGTV produces a lot of its stuff locally, through High Noon productions—which means that Denver gets far more than its fair share of local nods on shows like My First Place, Dream House, What You Get for the Money and the like.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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