Home Improvement Television: Holmes on Homes Makes it Right

Authors

  • Jean Bruce School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2009v34n1a2181

Keywords:

Reality TV, Holmes on Homes, Home improvement television, Documentary TV, Classic melodrama

Abstract

Abstract: Holmes on Homes is a Canadian home improvement television program and the centrepiece of HGTV (Home and Garden Television), featuring Mike Holmes as the series’ star contractor and host. This paper argues that by looking back at earlier incarnations of film and television melodrama, we can determine the way in which Holmes on Homes reinvents the home improvement subgenre. By playing out reality TV’s central tension between fiction and non-fiction, Holmes on Homes reveals its larger themes of justice and redemption, which befit its unique position between the documentary and the classic melodrama.

Résumé : Holmes on Homes, mettant en vedette l’entrepreneur Mike Holmes, est une émission canadienne sur l’amélioration du foyer et la pièce de résistance du réseau HGTV (Home and Garden Television). Cet article soutient que nous pouvons recourir à des exemples anciens de mélodrames à la télévision et au cinéma, pour déterminer la manière dont cette émission réinvente le sous-genre « amélioration du foyer ». En effet, Holmes on Homes, en développant les tensions centrales de la téléréalité entre fiction et vérité, révèle ses thèmes clés de justice de rédemption qui reflètent sa position unique entre documentaire et mélodrame classique.

Author Biography

Jean Bruce, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

Jean Bruce is Assistant Professor in the School of Image Arts and Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3.

Published

2009-03-01