Tune In: Original Cable Programming
No. of subscribers: 91 million
Network topper: Judy Girard
Programming topper: Michael Dingley
Top originals: Designed to Sell, HGTV Design Star, House Hunters, House Hunters International
Upcoming originals: Bought and Sold (series), Deserving Design (series)
The skinny: In the equivalent of giving Taylor Hicks his own musical-variety show, HGTV in March premiered “Color Splash,” starring 2006 “HGTV Design Star” champion David Bromstad. This is one of more than a dozen series and specials premiering in 2007 for HGTV, which recently celebrated record ratings for the second January in a row and ranked 13th in ad-supported cable primetime in February. The network is emphasizing shows revolving around experts in various fields, including Carter Oosterhouse, Constance Ramos, Eric Stromer, Kendra Todd, Steve Watson and Vern Yip. With the second season of “Design Star” beginning in July, HGTV has a veritable farm system for original programming.