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Title: All-Star Kitchen Makeover Network: Food Network
Year: 2005 Hosts: Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, and Paula Deen
Summary: "All-Star Kitchen Makeover" follows Top chefs Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, and Paula Deen help four lucky viewers change their kitchens from drab to fab. Using their signature styles, each chef will do whatever it takes to turn some challenging cooking spaces into gorgeous, functional masterpieces. From Emeril's kicked up kitchen at The Children's Storefront School in Harlem, NY to Bobby Flay's one-of-a-kind outdoor grilling oasis in Las Vegas, these are four makeovers you won't want to miss!
Web Links: All-Star Kitchen Makeover

Title: America's Ugliest Network: The Learning Channel (TLC)
Year: 2005 Host: Doug Wilson, (of Trading Spaces).
Summary: "America's Ugliest" is a series of quarterly specials that track down the most heinous rooms in the land and give them just what they deserve - fantasy makeovers fit for a king and queen. Each special unveils the country's ugliest room in one of four areas: bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom.
Web Links: America's Ugliest

Title: Anything I Can Do Network: WTN (Canada) & PBS
Year: 2000 Host: Mag Ruffman
Summary: "Anything I Can Do" is hosted by Mag Ruffman, a former licensed contractor turned Canadian home improvement show host.  Her philosophy is "it's perfectly natural to make mistakes",  "A woman can do anything with the right tools",  "You can't change a man, but you can always freshen up a furnace filter" and "You can pay big money for a self-esteem seminar,  or you can buy yourself a cordless drill. I recommend the drill."

Each show (52 episodes) contains witty titles like "Shelf Improvement" (building a pine book shelf), "A Friend in Feed' (Bird feeders) and "All's Weld That End's Weld" (Welding tips). The fun thing about this Gemini-nominated workshop series is that all of Mag's mistakes are left in the show.

Mag's do-it-yourself projects are contained in her book "How Hard Can It Be?"  See also "A Repair to Remember""

Web Links: Toolgirl or Home Envy

Title: Area Network: Style Network
Year: 2002-2004 Host: Clio Manuelian, Lise Simms (of Young
         and the Restless) 
Summary: "Area" is the practical, exciting and up-to-the-moment home-design series that will inspire you to live well. Join host Lise Simms (Young and the Restless) as she shares hot products, top values, basic decorating ideas, insider tips and much more--all geared to make your home look great.
Web Links: Area

Title: Ask This Old House Network: PBS
Year: 2003 Host: Steve Thomas & Kevin O'Connor
Summary: "Ask This Old House" goes on the road to make house calls to homeowners around the country. The show features hosts Steve Thomas & Kevin O'Connor; general contractor, Tom Silva; plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey; and landscape contractor Roger Cook. The series title was inspired by the "Ask This Old House" column in "This Old House" magazine.

Note: Back in the 1990s, how-to guru Ron Hazelton starred on the show "House Doctor" (and later on "House Calls") in which he personally visited people who needed home repair work and fixed the problems on site. See also "Help Around the House"

Web Links:  Ask This Old House

Title: atHome Network: (Aired in Canada)
Year: Host: Johnathan Brownlee
Summary: "atHome" takes a look at home renovation and restoration, particularly of older, heritage and historic homes, from a new perspective. With panache and a dose of humor, the host shows viewers new and practical ideas in renovation while remaining within a budget. Produced by Winterhaven Productions, Inc.,  This series aired in Canada. Host:
Web Links:

Title: Awesome Interiors Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 1994 Host: Jennifer Convy
Summary: "Awesome Interiors" offers unique design and decorating ideas for anyone just starting out in a first home or apartment. With its informative yet lighthearted and entertaining format, this series will appeal to anyone looking for interesting, unusual and offbeat decor.
Web Links: Awesome Interiors

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