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Monday, August 28, 2006

Big Spender

I've been meaning to post about this show, and its host, for awhile now. The premise is really simple, it's Intervention for the non-budget savvy. Each week, Larry Winget and his wildly odd embroidered western-wear descend on a couple or family in financial trouble, show the woman in the family (so far, it's always women with the spending problem) how their out-of-control shopping is destroying their credit, lives, families, relationships etc, explain the basics of financial planning, put them on a strict budget, and give them some strategies for getting out of debt, and then show back up in a few weeks to see how they're doing. Larry seems nice enough, but as host he does the worst Dr. Phil impression I've ever seen. His charisma on camera seems confined to the aforemeantoned crazy shirts. I'm not sure how long this show can survive. Not that there aren't plenty of people in financial crisis, but the half-hour format doesn't give you nearly enough time to really get interested in the individuals as individuals, and since the advice is pretty basic - cut your spending, get second jobs, etc. - there's really not much to it. Given all this, I'm not sure why I've watched three episodes of this show - other than the fact that I love spending money, and it's kind of disturbing to watch where it could lead me if I'm not careful.


Blogger Red Fraggle said...

The hosts on this type of show are such an important aspect, it sucks that he doesn't have charisma. The show itself actually sounds somewhat promising, if only for the train wreck potential.

8/28/2006 11:22 AM  
Blogger Samantha Baker said...

When and where is it on? Sometimes these train-wreck shows (Nanny 911, You're Killing Your Kids) help me feel better about my life. At least it's not bad as theirs!

8/28/2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

I find the clutter shows oddly compelling. Especially Life Laundry on BBC America. I think we can all relate to having too much stuff, but so much that it takes over entire rooms of your house? It's sad.

And this seems similar, because I think most people can relate to spending money on things they don't need, etc. The problem with basic financial advice is that is it is so basic. Like, there are about 5 things to say and you just have to say them over and over again. And you don't have the nice visual payoff of a clean house.

8/28/2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

Bailey, exactly! I wish I had BBC America, but I like the clutter shows too. And that's exactly what's wrong with the show, because the advice is so simple (just like: clean your house is a simple command on the clutter shows) it needs some other payoff. I think it would benefit from being more emotional like Intervention (also on A&E).

Big Spender is on A&E, and I think it's on Sundays at 5:30.

8/28/2006 1:24 PM  

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