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TLC's Four Houses Really Doesn't Translate Well
By that I mean TLC thought they had a hit on their hands with Four Weddings so decided to use the same format to make it about four houses and it really doesn't work. It's just not that interesting watching people walk around someone else's house and judging it.
I watch a show on TLC Saturday morning where people buy houses and then they remodel them to try and sell them for a profit and it's interesting to watch them doing all the remodeling. Walking from room-to-room in someone's house making catty remarks about the person's taste isn't interesting.
The thing that makes Four Weddings a success is seeing how these four different brides plan out their weddings. The venues and dresses they choose. The food and entertainment they have. If you can see and hear the bride and groom as they take their vows. If the guest are comfortable or uncomfortable watching the wedding. If their are noises in the background ruining the wedding. There's just a lot of things on a Four Wedding's episode to really keep you interested. You feel like you're attending these people's wedding just like the three guest brides are. You can also see if you agree with their ratings on dress, venue, experience, etc.
With Four Houses, there was two houses that seemed your every day house and two that were very weirdly decorated and that was it. To be honest, I can't believe the Golden Toilet House won. I thought the decorating was pretty out there. Thankfully, the other weirdly decorated house, including a jar with the dude's cat's testicles on display didn't win.
The moment of the great reveal also lacked tension. On Four Wedding the four brides toast each other with champagne as they all get their last say, with some positive they had the best wedding. Then the magic moment comes to see which groom climbs out of the limo. In Four Houses the four contestants are driving in a car together and when the car stops it reveals which house was picked as best house.
It really is a very boring show that lost my attention after they toured through the first house going from room-to-room making cutting remarks on the owner's taste in decor. My eyes were glazing over by the fourth It's about as interesting as a show following a real estate agent showing people houses for an hour.
This is a prime example of why you shouldn't try and take something that's popular...Four Weddings....and remake the successful formula into a different show. All the successful spin-offs of Say Yes To The Dress because you have really people reacting and interacting as they try on dresses. Ditto for Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids. Unfortunately, the houses are inanimate objects that can't interact with the people judging their decor. Unlike with the bride, you can't see the house's reaction when it's getting insulted.
I really don't see this show going beyond this season. It lacks a hook to interest you in it. An hour show of people walking around other people's homes just isn't that interesting.