5 Sweet Home Shows

These distinctive series are sprucing up the hearth-and-hammers genre

There is more home programming on the air today than you can toss a throw pillow at. But most of it is a bland Levittown of perky hosts, cherry cabinets and themed kids' rooms. Here are a few choices that stand out from the neighborhood.

THE ADAM CAROLLA PROJECT TLC, TUESDAYS, 10 P.M. E.T. Think of comic Carolla as the anti-Ty Pennington, whose Extreme Makeover: Home Edition leaves no tear unjerked in doing selfless deeds; Carolla buys his boyhood home and destroys it to rebuild and sell it for a million bucks. He and his crew--a.k.a. "unemployable idiots"--have made more of a...

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