Television Assessment: ‘Owner’s Handbook,’ a Reality Demonstrate, Makes Its Debut on AMC

August 15th, 2013

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Owner’s Guide Loop-the-loops for dummies: Marcus Hunt, remaining, and Ed Sanders compete at traveling stunt planes in the debut of this AMC show, on Thursday evening at ten, Japanese and Pacific times nine, Central time.

“Owner’s Manual,” a actuality show that starts off on Thursday on AMC, appears like such an amusing thought. But the execution doesn’t live up to the description.

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The notion is to pit a man who, when tackling something he is unfamiliar with, likes to go through the owner’s guide from a guy who doesn’t. Should be hilarious, right? But the difficulties are way too outsize and the structure is too puzzling to take complete gain of the gimmick.

Marcus Hunt, from the HGTV present “Hammer Heads,” is the manual aficionado. The seat-of-the-trousers fifty percent of the pair is Ed Sanders, an Englishman acquainted to American audiences from “Extreme Makeover: Home Version.”

The premiere finds them traveling stunt planes, Mr. Hunt obtaining read through up on how to execute loops and corkscrews and Mr. Sanders heading on instinct. It’s a tough set up to film, with either long photographs of the planes in flight or claustrophobic shots from the cockpits, and it’s not at all convincing. No amateur is going to be despatched up in a aircraft alone, of program every gentleman has a “flight instructor” along, so there is no way for the viewer to decide how much handle Mr. Hunt or Mr. Sanders genuinely has.

The 2nd episode, involving trains, is only somewhat greater. The droll railroad veterans who turn their locomotives more than to the newcomers are the most amusing factor about it. And once again, reliability is an concern. Is a low-spending budget reality show genuinely heading to set high-priced practice tools at risk?

The format further undermines the proceedings. Mr. Hunt and Mr. Sanders are intended to be competing, but sometimes the arcane guidelines of the sport require them to function as a group. And they’re normally racing in opposition to an arbitrary deadline, never ever a very good issue for this type of show. It feels as if the deadline exists basically to fabricate some rigidity.

So you observe “Owner’s Manual” just wishing they’d give these reasonably amusing gents a challenge that makes a lot more perception, like racing to assemble a bicycle, then using it to a keep to purchase a dishwasher first a single to productively put in the dishwasher and scour a desk total of filthy dishes with it wins. That would be a present value watching.

Owner’s Handbook

AMC, Thursday night time at 10, Japanese and Pacific occasions nine, Central time.

Produced by Asylum Amusement. Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Alex Piper and Jerry McNutt, govt producers.

WITH: Marcus Hunt and Ed Sanders.

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