Suzanne Whang, Former Host of ‘House Hunters,’ Dies at 56

Suzanne Whang, an actress, comedian and former host of HGTV’s “House Hunters,” died Tuesday after a long battle with breast cancer, her longtime agent, Eddie Culbertson, said Friday. She was 56. “For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism,” her partner, Jeff Vezain, wrote in a message on her website. “She […]

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On TV, You Can Go Home Again. But It’s Weird.

For his essay “Travels in Hyperreality,” the Italian author Umberto Eco journeyed across America to sample our peculiar national product: facsimiles. He visited a full-scale model of Lyndon Johnson’s Oval Office, wax museums, a “wild river” in Disneyland stocked with animatronic fauna, “instances in which the American imagination demands the real thing and, to attain […]

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‘This Old House’ Turns 40

While filming a 40th anniversary special for “This Old House” recently, Bob Vila, the show’s original host, stopped to consider why, after all these years, people still can’t seem to get enough of home improvement shows. “This Old House,” which began chronicling home renovations in 1979, was one of the first such shows to air […]

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