questionsdo you watch the food network and hgtv as much as…

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I usually have Food Network on in the background if there is nothing in particular that I am watching. And I always stop for at least a bit when there is a House Hunters International on HGTV. Don't really like the regular, but the international one is interesting to see what housing is like in other places.

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I used to but I have stopped paying for cable. That and sports are the only things I miss, but I can get most of the sports things online.

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I love both of those channels. I watched about 8 episodes of My First Place on HGTV on Thursday when I at home sick. It was like being in a groggy heaven for me.

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House Hunters for me, mostly because I enjoy mocking the people who whine that the 4000 sg. ft. house won't be big enough for them and their two kids or complain that the dog won't like the tennis-court sized back yard.

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Yes, I constantly watch those two channels and DIY. On the Food Network I like the FN Challenges & Restaurant Impossible. On HGTV I like both House Hunters series & the various Crashers series. And on DIY my favorite is Renovation Realities, the people that go on there crack me up!

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Just before I bought my house, when I had roommates, we used to watch HGTV and Food Network constantly. And then afterward, we still watched for some time, after we bought our own places. But as time went on, we quit watching HGTV. I guess we weren't in the market for buying/renovating as much anymore, so it became less interesting.

Also thumbs up to @magic_cave; used to love making fun of people who couldn't get over the color of paint.

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Love House Hunters International! Enjoy seeing homes in other countries...makes for good fantasies. Am always amazed at those looking for a vacation home that costs $500K & above. Who are these people? Especially amusing when they say they only have 3 days to find one. Huh? Another funny thing - people moving to foreign countries who say they don't know anyone there, but 1 thing they must have is a huge space for entertaining. Aren't they optimistic? Or maybe they're just gregarious? (Probably very wealthy & will fly family & friends there every month.)

Also watch the regular House Hunters. Don't you love the young couples that are buying their 1st home? Have a budget of say $150K & expect a 2000 sq. ft. home in a perfect neighborhood, at least 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors, granite countertops & SS appliances. Have heard they're scripted, so they probably have little choice on what to say. Also heard that by the time the segment is filmed they've already purchased their home.

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@magic cave: Too funny - I also snicker at what the dog will hate or love. My dog (a rescue from the city streets which she very well may have preferred) has to take what she gets! She has a lanai with pool and the run of the house. No, we did not take her into consideration when we purchased this house.

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@gmwhit: I too get a laugh from the young first-timers with the 'must have' lists and minimal budgets; you'll see that even more frequently on the "My First Place" show.

I used to marvel at how the follow-up segment would show the buyers in their fully renovated, re-painted, and furnished new homes "four weeks later." I eventually figure out that was mostly a demonstration of the magic of television.

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I love watching Chopped on the Food Network. I'm always blown away by what the chefs can do with the weird mystery ingredients they're given.

Cupcake Wars is also oddly compelling. Can't exactly put my finger on why.

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I've read some blogs that pointed out that My First Place and House Hunters are completely staged. The couples have already gone into contract on the house that they "choose" and may have already closed on it. Something that was pointed out to me is that they almost NEVER pick the house that still has furniture in it. It's always the empty house (because the previous owners have moved out.) The producers just grab two similar houses and give the couple the same lame script for each show. If I have to hear "This bedroom seems a little tight." one more time...

That being said, I do enjoy watching those shows, if for no other reason than to watch people act as if a chandelier that would take all of 30 minutes to replace is a huge deal breaker.

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@purplefeather: A co-worker of a friend was on one those shows (yes, I know this sounds illegit, but I've actually met him and seen the show with him and his wife in it). It was House Hunters or My First Place, can't remember now. So what you say is just about true. They had already chosen a house when their realtor was like, "how'd you like to be on tv!". I'm not sure if the other two places they looked at on the show were supposed to mirror the options/decisions they had to consider during their real process or if they were just following a formula that HGTV has determined viewers like.