I was looking forward to the first installment of HGTV’s Rate My Space on TV. I fully realize that this admission places me in the tragically un-hip category of wanna be designer chicks. I am OK with that.
After several seasons of coma-inducing programming, I was counting on HGTV to see the error of their ways and veer from the predictable: one scary designer, one hunky carpenter, one color blind homeowner, tents in the driveway formula. They did not.
There are over thirty thousand rooms uploaded to the Rate My Space website. Homeowners from all over the country (and beyond) post pictures of their spaces, and ask other members of the community to judge them using a five star system. They ask for comments to justify the rating. One star=You Suck. Five Stars= (Will never happen, but if it did) You are a Rock Star.
If this sounds benign, I can assure you it is not. Emotions run high.This is serious business. People have their hearts and pocketbooks invested in their homes. They may ask for opinions, but what they really want (with few exceptions) is a pat on the back, "Atta' girl, Good job." What they are not looking for is honesty, unless of course honesty means, "You are a Rock Star".
There are plenty of (****) Rock Stars on RMS. Plenty of homes we want to see more of. Plenty of homeowners that find good advice amidst the barrage of Mean Girl comments at Rate My Space.
The point is, HGTV ignored the culture of their own website. They missed an opportunity to do something (anything) ground breaking, and instead, predictably, took yet another contemporary ranch home, put a tent in the driveway, and tried to turn it into a faux Tuscan Villa (yak).
Regrettably, in the process of the tragic Tuscan rifare, HGTV thought it wise to use homeowners who have high rated spaces, and make them look like ventriloquist dummies via web cam conference calls. Hello? HGTV? These are the people we want to talk to. These are the homes we want to see!
I should not have to tell you, Home and Garden Television, that it is in the DNA of every human with an interest in Homes or Gardens, to want to peek beyond the walls of other people's homes. Good or bad, we do not care. Let us see them! Enough is enough already.
I am giving Rate My Space on TV a generous ** (two Stars). There will be no consolatory "good try" comment to accompany my rating.
HGTV, until you buy Angelo S. some hair, or at least a hat, and a new on-camera personality (as well as some interesting content, and a less tired format) to accompany his scary, too-white teeth, I shall not be back.
Where is Sara Richardson or Linda Reeves when we need them?