One of Dr. M’s favorite TV shows is a series on the House and Garden Network called House Hunters. I take pains not to deride my wife’s viewing preferences, lest she rejoin with the fact that I’ve watched the same Law and Order episode twelve times. Of course, that’s different. I’m not really re-watching the episodes, I’m re-evaluating the legal arguments, which is an entirely different thing.
Anyone buying that?
Here’s how House Hunters works. A couple is looking for a place to live, sometimes in an American city, sometimes in more exotic places, like in Costa Rica, or Rome. A local real estate agent offers them three possibilities to check out, and at the end, the “house hunters” pick one of them.
That’s the whole show.
No sarcasm intended – though a little may have trickled in on its own – House Hunters can be pretty suspenseful. Every episode is skillfully constructed so that each property provides the prospective buyers with deal-clinching or deal-breaking pluses and minuses, over which the couple “Ooooh’s” and “Aw’s” as they’re shown about the premises.
“The living room is so spacious.”
“But the deck faces a condemned neighborhood.”
“The kitchen has all the amenities.”
“But the second bedroom is kind of small. I thought it was a walk-in closet.”
“The kids are going to love this swimming pool.”
“Yes, but there’s no fence around it. They’ll drown.”
Though perhaps not scintillating, House Hunters has a way of holding your interest. (Especially considering what else in on.)
We stick around to see what they’ll finally choose: The “cookie-cutter” condo with the magnificent ocean view? Or the less expensive “fixer-upper” with unlimited “upside potential”?
“When we return, we’ll find out which home Todd and Isabel have chosen to make their own?”
Be honest, now. Who wouldn’t return for that?
Okay, so that’s the prototype.
Now here’s my version.
Recently, our cardiologist gave us the names of several surgeons, all of whom (just like the realtor and their houses) he thinks are just what we’re looking for. What happens now is that we meet with each of these surgeons, and in the end, we decide which one of them will repair my heart valve.
Do you see what I’m going for here?
It’s exactly the same show. The format is identical, except instead of houses, we’re choosing a heart surgeon. It seems perfect for the Medical Channel.
Tell me what you think of this title:
Maybe I should try a prototype right here on the blog. After every interview with a heart surgeon, I’ll give you my impressions of how things went, the pluses and the minuses. Who knows? Maybe I’ll let you vote on which surgeon I should pick. (But weighted, so that my vote counts for more. Come on. It’s my heart.)
I don’t know about you, but I’m smelling a hit here.
Whoo-hoo! I’m back in the business!