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What's new in home improvement shows

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What’s new in home improvement shows

Flip This House
A&E (Saturdays, 9 p.m.)
Real estate at its dramatic best. Three teams from three different cities buy and renovate run-down, hideously wallpapered properties, then resell them for (hopefully) a profit. New flipper Angie Wilford from Atlanta gives season 3 a needed boost of cute, while San Antonio’s mega-macho Armando Montelongo is still the guy we love to hate. A-

Color Splash
HGTV (Mondays, 9 p.m.)
”To me, color is the root to great design,” proclaims makeover maven David Bromstad, who paints in powder blue wife-beaters and looks to instill ”vertical drama” in all curtains. Despite splashy efforts, the premise isn’t so novel (wow, color is key!) and yields little we haven’t seen on HGTV’s Divine Design and about a zillion other room-redo shows. C+

Moving Up
TLC (Saturdays, 8 p.m.)
A family sells its house. Another one buys it, renovates it, then invites the old owners to weigh in on the remodel. Tearful reacts are fine, but we much prefer when folks get catty, saying a new kitchen is ”tacky” and ”yuppified. I hate it!” Meanwhile, host Doug Wilson, the ex-Trading Spaces bad-boy designer, tries not to gag at America’s astounding lack of taste. B+

Find & Design
A&E (Saturdays, 4:30 p.m.)
Unlike most overeager hosts, designer Jennifer Farrell keeps the mugging to a minimum as she scours flea markets and garage sales, haggling for items like Tennessee walking sticks and a stuffed monkey to turn a kids’ bedroom into a ”Technicolor indoor rain forest.” Bonus points for making crap from discount chain Big Lots look kinda chic. B+

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