HGTV Officially Ceases The Gardener Guy Show

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.

4 comments for “HGTV Officially Ceases The Gardener Guy Show

  1. ralph
    August 13, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Paul James’ show was informative and entertaining. Maybe he should move to New England and go on NESN. Charlie Moore does pretty well as the Mad Fisherman. “Paul James, the outlaw gardener”.

  2. Teri Knight
    August 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I followed Paul James years ago when he did Gardening by the Yard and thought he was fabulous! I’ve tried to put a gardening show together for HGTV and the last line I got from them is that all they wanted were landscape and real estate shows. Not gardening. They need to drop the G from HGTV

  3. joenesgarden
    August 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Ralph: he would be a very funny addition to the NESN line up
    Teri: I agree that G is no longer part of what HGTV offers.

  4. August 14, 2009 at 9:02 am

    What a shame – he was one of the few weekend morning shows worth watching on HGTV. Teri, I agree – the G is pretty much non-existant in the line up of shows on HGTV.

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