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Fifteen years ago, our exposure to 'Home Improvement' on television was limited to a sitcom about an accident-prone TV host Tim Taylor and his tormented co-host Al.  Now, it's virtually impossible to channel-surf without coming across a handful of home improvement television shows.

The raging popularity of home improvement shows may be attributed to those localized PBS stations that began running remodeling shows a decade or so ago.  For several seasons, a relatively small but loyal audience would tune in to their local affiliates to watch Bob Villa instruct them in how to perform cost-effective upgrades to their homes.  Now, in today's vast cable universe, a multitude of home improvement and redecorating programs are available.  The audience has stretched beyond PBS and to an even larger and more fiercely loyal audience of men, women and even children.  

The publicly owned broadcaster PBS remains home to a vast number of home improvement television shows. "This Old House" still has a loyal following on PBS, and the program's perpetual growing popularity has created a larger audience than ever before.  The show has remained true to its formula of teaching people new tricks about improving old homes, the only difference being a parting of ways with former host Bob Villa.  Thanks to the initial popularity of "This Old House", PBS was able to saturate its airwaves with spin-offs designed to meet audience demand.  Another stand-alone PBS program, "Hometime" is structurally similar to "This Old House", but remains independent of the original program and it's spin-offs.

The Bob Villa Show
Following his departure from PBS's "This Old House", host Bob Villa originated his own program.  "The Bob Villa Show" broadcasts to millions of viewers worldwide.  In this program, Villa has established a much more lucrative financial deal than what he had at PBS.  He has also launched a cottage industry of related home improvement remodeling merchandise, and is sitting on top of a mountain of sweet endorsement deals.  Bob Villa remains the undisputed Lord of Home Improvement Television Shows, and he will no doubt be around for many more years to come.

Home Improvement 101
Today's younger homeowners love to tool around the house and aren't afraid to spend a little money doing it.  It's this playful and open-minded demographic that "Home Improvement 101" was created for.  The popularity of these programs took the home improvement television show concept and ran with it, expanding the format beyond public broadcasting and into the realm of commercial syndication. Shows like "This Old House" and "Hometime" were produced with an older demographic in mind.  "Home Improvement 101" is described as a 'Generation X-er Alternative', appealing to a younger, hipper Saturday morning TV fan base.  This program, like its audience, offers huge potential.

This network has become as much a part of the modern household as the television itself.  It's really no surprise that the popularity of all these programs has coincided with the rapidly expanding cable universe, ultimately creating a 24/7 home improvement network.  At any time, viewers can tune in to find the latest ideas in home decorating and hints on home remodeling.

The information pipeline carrying home improvement television shows has grown to monolithic proportions, and it shows no signs of stopping.  We think Tim Taylor would be pleased.

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