Home Improvement Shows/American Idol

It wasn't until I became a homeowner that I started paying attention to the wealth of content on networks such as DIY and HGTV. I'm a sucker for Selling whatever, be it New York, Los Angeles or even London.

I'm somewhat biased as I do some work in this home improvement space so I'll endorse watching shows such as Man Caves, Desperate Landscapes, Million Dollar Contractor, Rescue My Renovation, 10 Grand In Your Hand and repeats of Mom Caves or Run My Renovation. You'll find some amazingly knowledgeable and charismatic hosts on all of these shows.

The genre isn't going anywhere and in fact it's growing. If these networks open their doors to more shows with season long story arcs instead of all evergreen episodes, we'll really see this space expand.

I've mentioned this previously, but I'm still in on American Idol. The judges are ho hum. Nicki Minaj (she has 15 million Twitter followers?? https://twitter.com/NICKIMINAJ) is entertaining while Keith Urban and Mariah offer very little. There was a format change this season that includes a sudden death elimination and for the most part, they got things right. Charlie Askew (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYCucYfcc08) was a blatant mistake as he should have never advanced ahead of Johnny Keyser. Charlie should be the first one voted out unless we have another Sanjaya situation. On the girls side, outside of Angela Miller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK2aq-J93hU), none of them were too memorable.

I'm not sure I'll have the patience to stick with this season to the very end, but will venture to make some predictions following next week's second round of sudden death.

Congrats to Tyler Labine for landing a role in Greg Garcia's new comedy. He was terrific in the short lived Mad Love on CBS. In the event you've never heard of him, check him out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZFgRNmFZCc

If you're not watching Workaholics on Comedy Central or Impractical Jokers on TruTV and like to laugh, you're missing out. The Workaholics guys are brilliant and the Impractical Jokers guys are fearless. Check out the Workaholics guys on a couple of recent podcasts for a taste:

http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/67686/hollywood-prospectus-podcast-the-workaholics-guys

http://adamcarolla.com/workaholics-adam-and-blake-plus-david-wild/

On an unrelated note, Mark Cuban gave a great interview on Howard Stern this week and told a story about having something I've never heard of. After he sold his first company, he bought a lifetime air pass from American Airlines for $125,000. That pass allows him and a guest to fly on any AA flight at any time to or from anywhere, with no notice whatsoever. And in the event the flight is sold out, AA must bump two first class passengers to accommodate. I can't imagine that this pass is still available and I don't have $125k lying around to buy one, but I found the whole idea of it very interesting. Mark has utilized the one time transfer of this pass and gave it to his father some years ago. To hear the interview, click here.