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Greenlit: Catch a Contractor, Spike TV

Catch a Contractor (11 x 30′) – Each year, millions of Americans set out to renovate their property in hopes of finally achieving their dream home.  Sadly, thousands of these unsuspecting homeowners instead become victims, duped and abandoned by the contractors they trusted their savings to and left with either unfinished or danger-laden, uninhabitable homes due to poor craftsmanship.  Host and master carpenter Adam Carolla and his team, consisting of no-nonsense, expert contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, private investigator Alison Bedell, are on a mission to track down these shady, evasive contractors and drag them back to the scene of the crime to face the music and fix the disasters they left behind

Home improvement scams have consistently ranked in the Better Business Bureau’s top 10 consumer cons.  Carolla, who spent 10 years working in construction before his successful career in radio and television, takes this issue very personally.  As a passionate master carpenter who has built hundreds of homes including his own, he not only has a keen eye when it comes to identifying shoddy, inferior work, but loathes seeing trusting and naïve average citizens getting scammed by subpar contractors and left holding the proverbial bag.

Each episode follows Carolla, Skip and Alison, as they seek justice for wronged homeowners, whose construction nightmares range from the laughably incompetent to frighteningly hazardous homes that have been left completely torn apart.  Initially, Carolla and Skip assess the property in question and identify all the corners that were cut.  Alison then hunts down these unscrupulous builders through various investigative methods, a task not easily done as most have changed their contact information to avoid being found.  Once the contractor is located, he is artfully lured to a sting house by Alison with the promise of a new job, only to be taken by surprise and confronted by Carolla, Skip and the angry homeowners.  Carolla and Skip call the contractor out on everything that wasn’t done properly, sharing their extensive insight and knowledge of the craft.  The contractors are then given the chance to redeem themselves by fixing the mess they left behind – all while under Carolla and Skip’s watchful and critical eye.  Ultimately, homeowners are able to gain closure, as they not only are able to confront the culprit face-to-face, but are able to finally achieve the end results they paid for.

Channel: Spike TV

Producer: Eyeworks USA

TX: 9th March 2014

Source:  Spike TV press release

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