My guilty-pleasure confession in my most recent Sunday Spotlight column: I have a pretty big crush on the HGTV show “Love It or List It.” Yes, it’s sheer formula. But there’s something comfortable about how the show goes through the same routine each week, from decorator Hillary fighting with the couple for whom she’s doing a makeover to real estate agent David stumbling badly on the first alternate home he shows them.
I don’t know how long my crush will last, but I’m riding with it for now. And, of course, this being me, I get a little philosophical about my fixation. From my column:
TV has always gotten a bad rap — and will continue to do so — for being mindless and deadening, and goodness knows, I’ve offered up my share of belittling comments about it over the years. And on most evenings, I’d still rather curl up with a good book. But there’s something to be said for comfort. There comes a time when you just want to settle back into your sofa, put your mind on autopilot and watch Hilary and David re-enact a series of familiar rituals.
For now, I definitely love it.