I am addicted to HGTV, which is strange considering I don’t have a bathroom that needs to be remodeled, my 18th floor apartment doesn’t have a backyard to landscape, and I’m certainly not looking for a second home in some far-off land (as awesome as that would be). But despite the fact that I’m not the target audience, I often find myself getting sucked into marathons of House Hunters or watching in awe as David Bromstad does his thing on Color Splash.
I’m not the only one. HGTV has some sort of allure to it, because I have several friends (not to mention my mom and dad) who also are hooked. There’s just something about seeing a home go from drab to fab that’s utterly fascinating.
Now, there’s another potentially addictive show to add to the roster.
The Antonio Treatment premieres tonight at 10 p.m. with back-to-back episodes. Starring last season’s Design Star winner Antonio Ballatore, the series will show Antonio and his crew transform dull homes, offices and more into original yet practical spaces. In the premiere episodes, Antonio will turn a family room into a functional workspace for a deaf man and his wife, and will follow that up by re-doing Mario Lopez’s gym.
For those who don’t know him, Antonio is ever-so-slightly controversial, due to the fact that he doesn’t fit the mold of what most people expect a designer to look like Tattoos! His clothes don’t match! He also edged out Design Star fan favorite Dan Vickery, whose work was much more subdued and less in-your-face. Obviously the Design Star judges loved him, but we’ll have to wait and see if viewers warm up to this unconventional designer.
So, will you tune into watch The Antonio Treatment? Do you also find yourself losing weekends under the spell of Candice Olson on Divine Design?