Urban Outsiders At Our Home

HGTV came out and redid our backyard in Los Angeles for their new show Urban Outsiders. This blog follows the entire journey and will be updated as the show airs. Entries are listed from recent to oldest-- just like with most blogs-- so if you want the whole story from the beginning, start in the archives.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

One Week Until We're On!

Next week you'll finally see our episode of Urban Outsiders... provided there's no change in the schedule.

But in the meantime, check out these message boards about the show! It's going to be so strange to have them talking about our yard next week!

Television Without Pity


Fans of Reality TV
(with photos)

Just an FYI, HGTV closed their message board for Urban Outsiders. Not sure why, but possibily because people were complaining about the show.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

New Airdate on HGTV!

We're slated to be on Urban Outsiders, August 2nd. Thanks for being patient!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

HGTV Countdown Day 1 -- WTF?!

I had a hard time sleeping last night because I was super excited about our episode of Urban Outsiders premiering today. Steve's been anxious for the last few days but I've been on TV a couple times-- including this TV Land special to the right where I talked about Wonder Woman...

I was pretty chill until now, but last night it was so bad that I got hungry again, obsessed about being hungry, had to find something to eat, and then tried to sleep again; by 2am I was out cold, but it wasn't easy.

Then this morning I woke up, saw a friend on IM and sent him a note about the show. And as I went to the HGTV website to send him a link to our episode I found this:
Our Summary...

We're not listed! They have he "Urban Spa" episode listed as tonight (and again in August, FYI) and then when you go to our summary there's no air date at all!

Okay, now when I did the above-mentioned TV Land special the website airdates were all wrong, so I'm not totally freaking out. And HGTV has flipped around our times before on the website. And TV Guide and TIVO have specifically mentioned our episode title for tonight-- not sure if they are currently. So this could just be some new production assistant getting confused because we were the fourth taped but they want us first aired-- who knows?

But I still have to ask... WTF?! We have family coming over tonight! We bought cheese! I made pesto (which we're serving with a lovely penne pasta and grilled chicken)! We're making caprese salad! We got everything for a lovely Italian antipasto platter including olives, marinated artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, wine... WE BOUGHT BREAD! (said with dramatic flair). It's just really annoying.

So I guess we won't know anything until 6:30pm tonight-- 9:30 for you east coasters because we get your east coast feed. If nothing else, we'll have a lovely cocktail party, celebrate Steve's brother getting a major design job before graduating college, and watch Fashion House commercials... But it would really be nice to toast the garden so if you know anyone at HGTV make a call, would you?

Thanks. Cheers.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

HGTV Countdown Day 2 & A Fashion House Commercial!

In just two days (Got that? TWO days!) our episode of Urban Outsiders is scheduled to premiere on HGTV. We're just having family over that night because Steve and I are working too much to organize a big party. We're also gone the next two weekends so maybe at the end of the month we'll have a shindig to celebrate.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Words of the Week this week because of the show, the commentary to follow, and the fact that we'll be in San Francisco this weekend at a wedding (which should also provide PRIME blogging material!). But next week's word will be Twocan. Ponder the possibilities...


I love YouTube, especially because two people have posted the Fashion House commercials. For those of you newbies, that's the show I'm working on for the fledgling MyNetworkTV. Check it out:
First you have Bo Derek looking fabulous...
Then you have Morgan Fairchild looking fabulous!
And the logos...
Watch the whole trailer at this link. It's fun, bitchy, and a perfect slice of what's to come. As I get more info that I'm allowed to post, I'll do it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wonderful Weekend and HGTV Countdown Day 3!

This is Shannon of the famous LA blogging site Sha In LA. As often happens with bloggers in general and same-city bloggers in particular, Shannon and I have mutual friends. We learned this when Steve was cruising LA blogs and saw pictures of our friends Eric and Phil on her blog at the lovely downtown wine bar 626 Reserve. So I started going to her blog, she went to mine, and after Eric and Phil had their loft-warming downtown this Saturday the two of us finally met.

Fortunately, Shannon is a real blogger and brings her camera with her, so I stole these from her site.
Here she is with me...
And here is Lisa-- my boxing coach and friend-- Steve and myself at 626 Reserve where we had yummy dinner.

The cool thing about LA right now is how downtown is finally being redeveloped but Eric and Phil are on the early end, so you can still go down and find parking, discover new bars, and feel like you're on the inside track for what will be popular in 5+ years. Plus, with Steve and I living in Echo Park, we're only five minutes from downtown so we can visit and yet still have a backyard.

And speaking of backyards....

Urban Outsiders Premiere Watch 2006!

We're on this Wednesday, July 12, 9:30pm or 6:30 depending on your provider. Check listings.

And then we saw Elvis!

No joke, there we were... at a birthday party for Anthony and Karianne's baby. British Elvis showed up. I'd post a picture but I have an aversion to thin British Elvises (Elvisi? What is the plural of Elvis?). And since their baby is only a year old, I think this had more to do with dad than child. But let me just say one thing: I NEVER want to hear Anthony call me a geek again just because I like Battlestar Gallactica because good SciFi trumps dead singing drunks any day. That's all I'm sayin'.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

HGTV Airs Our First Commercial!

We finally got to see a small glimpse of our yard on TV with the new commercials for HGTV's Urban Outsiders. They have a really short one where you see Matt and a worker planting an olive tree, but the longer one really features our place.

Here's the announcer: From New York to LA, Matt James is on a mission. He's got a passion for turning impossible places... (insert this image of our backyard...)
(followed by Matt in this image saying, "Sheesh!")
Announcer: ...into lush spaces. (insert an image of someone else's yard.

Now, this IS Matt in our yard... but you'll notice the wood battens are up on the wall, so this is actually when he first saw the work done after being laid up for a couple days.

But here he is trying to wheel things through our tiny alley.
And here's the exciting logo!
Okay, so when is our episode?

Well, the dates have changed again! And once again, WE'RE THE PREMIERE EPISODE. (Okay, I'm done getting excited about this because it could change again. But our friend Jerry called this afternoon excited about seeing our yard on TV. Fun!)

We'll keep you updated as the show goes on, and once it does premiere then we'll really put up some other photos to showcase the yard.