August 13, 2009. While not officially cancelled – the fer-sure kiss of death in TV lingo – HGTV has officially placed The Gardener Guy on life-support. According to his blog post on 8/10/2009, Paul James’ show is no longer in production by HGTV. Those who are not aware of the online campaign designed to inform HGTV execs of the error of their ways can review my blog posts on the subject, and follow the links on these posts to the HGTV protest blog.
The good news for Gardener Guy fans is that Paul James won’t disappear into oblivion, you’ll just have to follow his gardening tips on his website, rather than over Sunday morning coffee. I’d like to say that HGTV has replaced his show with something better, but all I’ve seen is formula landscape re-dos. The expensive ones have a pool, fountain/waterfall, fire, pergola, seating area, outdoor kitchen, and a few plants scattered here and there – oh yeah, plus homeowners who are thrilled. The budget versions all seem to have a fountain/waterfall/small pond, pergola/trellis, seating/eating areas, cooking spot, and walkways with a few plants scattered here and there … and homeowners who are thrilled. No real usable info, nothing new … Yawn! Most aren’t even worthy of background noise. The Internet is looking more and more enticing every time I turn on the TV.