Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with a good thing. DIY is, and will always be, about home improvement. While increased audience numbers may speak to the economy, with many homeowners sprucing up homes themselves, Andy Singer, VP of original programming at the network, tells realscreen that the economic crisis hasn’t really been a factor for them while programming for the fall.
‘We feel like we’re always perfectly situated no matter what’s going on with the economy,’ he says. ‘We believe we empower viewers to be able to tackle any kind of problem and even if they can’t do it themselves, they have a base knowledge so when they’re talking to a contractor or talking to a tradesperson, they’ve got some good information at hand.’
That being said, certain shows like Bathtastic, Sweat Equity, Kitchen Impossible and new show Ten Grand In Your Hand are perfect for viewers in the midst of a recession, but Singer points out that they were all envisioned before the economic tailspin.
Fall premieres will include House Crashers, a spin-off of hit show Yard Crashers, in which new host/expert Josh Temple gives an ambush makeover. Also look for Disaster House, in which a house is destroyed over 13 episodes with experiments like roller derby girls accelerating wear and tear on walls and seismologist-monitored special machines recreating an earthquake, all to illustrate what kind of repairs viewers can make themselves and the ones to bring an expert in for; a Major League Baseball Network partnership on a Man Caves contest special and Cool Tools month in November, with three specials and new episodes of the series.