TELEVISION: The Reality Revolution
The Reality Revolution
Credit reality-based cable networks such as HGTV and DIY and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with turning viewers into savvy shoppers conversant with matters of housing value and renovation, if not always fluent on the nuances.
"So many people watch . . . that their expectations of how a house should 'show' have been heightened," says real estate agent Diane Williams. She warns sellers to step up their game accordingly.
The excitement is building as American Idol ramps up for its final-three showdown tonight. But back when the show began, in the summer of 2002, it was little more than a cheesy talent competition.