For reality-TV fans, the revelation that not every aspect of a show is legit is like learning there's no Santa Claus. They move on and enjoy the presents.
But the curtain on "reality" is getting pulled back more and more. Last spring, HGTV acknowledged that the home viewings on House Hunters are done for the cameras after buyers have already chosen their properties. In his recent wrongful-dismissal suit, former Storage Wars star David Hester charged producers with planting valuable items in the bins up for...
House Hunters International
Can't get enough of guilty TV pleasure House Hunters International? Have no fear: TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that HGTV just ordered a whopping 91 additional episodes of the show — making a grand total of 598 episodes produced by Leopard Films USA since 2009.
Who needs barbecue and fireworks when you've got TV to watch this Fourth of July? Check out a roundup of the day's best marathons below.
(All times are ET/PT)
Michael Ian Black
Last week, TV Guide Magazine headed down to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras with the good folks from HGTV and comic Michael Ian Black, who hosted and live-tweeted their hilarious House Hunters Bingo bash. Turns out Black is a major fan of the show (as are we), so in between screaming for beads from the parade floats rolling down the legendary St. Charles Street and watching the on-screen discussions of open-floor plans, we sat down with the funnyman to talk frustrating home buyers, the Wet Hot American Summer sequel and his new book (in stores today). Oh, and Bradley Cooper, if you're reading this, call your fake husband!
House Hunters - Tom and Linda Ahler
OK, is there anyone else out there as abnormally obsessed with House Hunters as we are? Please say it's not just us...and Liz Lemon.
Part travelogue, part real-estate porn, and all awesome, we knew we were watching the right thing after 30 Rock's leading lady clowned on the HGTV show's myopic potential buyers a few weeks back. "Why can't people look past paint color?!" Amen, sister! Not only are the titular hunters usually incapable of seeing beyond the shade of White-Winged Dove in the spare room, every one of them seems to want a man-cave (apparently, the new "office") or claims to need miles of extra space for "entertaining," like they're the Graysons of Revenge and throw parties on a weekly basis. Still, we adore them for having bigger expectations than budgets and no shame when it comes to fretting over minor things like wall sconces instead of, you know, school districts or sexual predators registered in the region.
If you're going to spend much of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on the couch — after all, you'll have lots of food to digest -- there's plenty of TV to watch. Check out our marathon roundup:
(All times are ET/PT and subject to change)
Thursday, Nov. 25
The Haunted (9 a.m.-8 p.m., Animal Planet)
Millionaire Matchmaker (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bravo)
Mythbusters (9 a.m.-8 p.m., Discovery)