Dallas Cakes (Food Network)

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Dallas Cakes (Food Network) – Premieres 30th April

A programme that is similar in structure to Ridiculous Cakes!, where in the episode it follows three Dallas based bakers as they create gargantuan elaborate cakes.

In the show it follows each of the bakers from when they receive the brief from their client. Then shows them as they come up with an idea that fits the wants of the client, and follows them as they make and then finally deliver the cake to the overjoyed recipients.

For what it is the show does what you’d expect, and with it following such a well used format it doesn’t offer anything different from other similar programmes.

2.2/10

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Very Superstitious With George Lopez (A&E)

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Very Superstitious With George Lopez (A&E) – Premieres 30th April

A reality show hosted by George Lopez, where he looks into various superstitions to find out how they came about, and why they’re still being used today.

During the programme George meets up with people who all take a specific superstition or belief seriously, where he chats with them about how they started to believe in what they do, and how they think it will effect their life. Along with this George also chats to a few folk on the street, finding out if they have any superstitions, as well has George chatting about his upbringing and how it has left him curious about small rituals people have.

Even for a 20 minute show this is a bit of a grind to get through, as the two main segments become drawn out. Leaving the programme to be pretty forgettable.

1.8/10

Boise Boys (HGTV)

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Boise Boys (HGTV) – Premieres 25th April

A home renovation show that follows Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson, a Boise based designer and builder duo, who buy, renovate, and sell properties in their area.

The show kicks off with the pair checking out two houses that they are interested in doing up. Where they go through the homes working out what they want to do, and how much it will cost them. Then after seeing both places they decide on which property to buy.

After the house is purchased the show goes into the regular renovation show format. Where as they are working, certain problems pop up, or an altercation to the design plan happens, leaving the two to work out a solution that fits into their plans and budget.

During the build the pair also invite some of the neighbours onto the site to see what is going on and to help generate some interest for when the place is ready to be sold. So after the construction is complete the same neighbours are invited back and the pair show them around the building pointing out what they’ve done. Then at the end the programme it shows the breakdown of the cost they outlaid and the profit they earned from the sale.

As renovations shows go it’s a more interesting watch than the vast majority of the other shows. Especially with it being a 45 minute programme it never begins to feel too drawn out.

3.6/10

Velocity Dispatch (Velocity)

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Velocity Dispatch (Velocity) – Premieres 20th April

A short 20 minute show where a garage that creates custom vehicles takes on a low budget challenge to complete.

In the programme the people at the garage go through what they are trying to create, explain their plan and the goal they are trying to achieve. Then through the magic of montages go about creating their vehicle.

During the show the members explain the certain processes they are using along with the various components being used, and what exactly they are doing to them. Then after the build section is completed they go about trying to achieve the target they set out to achieve.

For a self filmed, low budget bit of programming it’s surprisingly watchable. Though not something you’d ever go out of your way to watch, the whole cheapness of the thing gives it a quirky charm.

3.7/10

Ex On The Beach (MTV)

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Ex On The Beach (MTV) – Premieres 19th April

US version of the UK show, where 10 “celebrities” who found fame via the internet or reality TV shows head off to a beach resort in what they think is a regular dating show.

After meeting up on the first day it’s then revealed to them that over the period they are there, the show will begin introducing their ex partners onto the show.

As this is going on, the people trying to hook up with the folks who have had their ex arrive, try to figure out the motives of the ex. While the people who are reunited, along with chatting to their ex, get nominated to go into the Shack of Secrets.

In there the former couple gets to find out if their suspicions about the relationship and break up were true, as it lets them access certain things without protest from the old partner. Along with this there is also a Big Brother style eviction process where the house mates partake in a secret ballot, and the person with the most votes is booted out the house.

The show is a grind to get through with it flitting between folks getting attached far too easily, through to the standard slanging matches. All-in-all it’s one to miss.

1.4/10

JDM Legends (Velocity)

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JDM Legends (Velocity) – Premieres 17th April

Car restoration show where Eric Bizek, owner of Japanese car specialist garage JDM Legends, and his team work on their customers cars to either modify or completely rebuild them.

In the programme it starts off with Erik doing an introduction to the car they are about to work on, where he is driving an equivalent model around, talking about why the car is popular within the community.

He then meets up with the new client and goes over what they want incorporated into their car, after which Erik and his team set to work. While they are working on getting the car done, they encounter a few unforeseen problems that are soon rectified, and end up presenting the completed car to its ecstatic owner.

While the show is similar in many ways to programmes like Diesel Brothers, where it’s a specialised garage working on certain vehicles, this doesn’t end up having the same viewing appeal. What with the members of the garage not being that engaging, and the slow pace the show goes along at, all together it doesn’t really have much going on that would make you keep watching.

2.7/10

Holmes: Next Generation (DIY Network)

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Holmes: Next Generation (DIY Network) – Premieres 17th April

Home renovation show where Mike Holmes of Holmes Buy It Right & Holmes + Holmes fame, relinquishes project management control to his son Mike Jr and daughter Sherry. 

Like any other renovation programme, the three are called in to meet a home owner who needs help doing their place up. So after chatting to them to find out what they need done to the place, they take a wander around the property highlighting any problem areas along with giving a rough plan on what they will be doing to the rooms.

It then follows the Holmes’ working on the remodelling where along with going into a bit more depth of what they’re doing compared to other similar shows. It has Mike Jr and Sherry overruling Mike Sr’s ideas and advice and putting in the design elements they want.

Then at the end of the ep the pair give Mike Sr a walkthrough on what they’ve done, before revealing the finished job to the home owner.

As DIY/renovation shows go, it’s more watchable than most due to the interaction between the three. And the fact it does try to give some tips on what they are to doing to achieve the final results.

3.3/10