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Skaer-Tactics: More of Tim Taylor or Ty Pennington?

May 12, 2008
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I have said it here before and I will say it here again: Since the average child watches 1,680 minutes of TV per week, we need to get an HVACR-related TV show on the boob tube. The idea here is to capture the attention of young ones to this industry.

[I asked for some input before, but no one responded. Unfortunately, this is par for the course in this industry: Not enough people take an active role in getting things accomplished. But more on that another time.]

Unless I am completely overlooking something here, the only TV show that came close to addressing HVACR was “Home Improvement,” which aired on ABC, 1991-1999. You can still catch reruns on cable.

I liked the show. Who could not like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor (played by Tim Allen)?

He was always accident-prone and loved teasing his co-host, Al Borland (played by Richard Karn). (And, yes, I did like Tool Time girl Heidi Keppert!)

However, I am not so sure if having a situation comedy series on the air would be the best way to show what HVACR is all about.

I think it has to be more of a serious show, something like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Funny, but this show tells of all that goes into the building of a home, but not much time is spent, if at all, telling the details of the HVACR system. Again, since air is not visible, it is not given its due.

Maybe we can get host Ty Pennington to do a spin-off with an HVACR-only show. Know of any contacts in Hollywood?
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