Hello out there in Home Improvement Land!
I've been watching all the Old House Productions shows for ages and have seen them evolve, ebb, and flow over the years. I love some parts, like others, and go get coffee when the rest come on.
After today's episode of ATOH, I was finally pushed over the edge of motivation to try and make some CONSTRUCTIVE suggestions. We all have opinions and I recognize that mine certainly aren't the only valid ones out there. What I want to know is if the "fake" answers on the "What is it?" segments make everyone else cringe and want to shift the channel.
I greatly enjoy seeing the real explainations of the odd items at the end but getting there through the lads acting out the bad answers is EXCRUCIATINGLY painful to watch. (It seems like they enjoy doing it but really, stick to fixing things guys. )
Now this may be a producer's pet project or the guys may really just need to fill time but (to try to leave a positive suggestion here) wouldn't people rather see, say, THREE new items with just real answers instead? Each of the guys show off some gadget in each of their areas of expertise? Wouldn't people rather see more real info? Am I the only cranky curmudgeon here?
I'm sorry if this twists anyone's crank the wrong way but after Kevin's Gravity Stapler and Tom's Paper Mouse Trap answer to the foot operated toilet lever (a good piece of info that I immediately shared with a disabled friend - and I almost missed it because I was about to flip the channel), I just wanted to scream "Show me something useful instead of bad (really bad) jokes!" If I had two extra minutes of precious air time, I'd try to fill it with something more in line with my audience but hey, perhaps that's why I'm not a television producer.
I'm all for the humour and light-hearted feeling we typically get from the guys, it's makes the show appealing, but they can do that while sharing real information just as well. They have for years. I have this secret feeling it's an inside joke on the set to see what they can make us suffer through. Maybe I need to switch to decaf.
There, I've got it out and now I feel much better. I hope it at least sparks a discussion. I'll keep watching the rest of the show and all the others (keep up the great work on NYW Norm!) but if you need me during the bad answers, I'll be in the kitchen making coffee.
Best to all and thanks for the good info over the years.