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Making It with Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler 

Review of "Making It" 8/1/18 by Eva Diaz
airs Tuesdays 10/9c on NBC

I was interested in watching this show because it seemed different.  It's a competition show for people who like to do crafts. I am not a crafter, but I do like to watch people who are talented in that area. The show is executive produced by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and one of the problems with the show, in my opinon, is that they also host the show. The show tries not to take itself seriously, and that is good, but it fails to strike a balance between the comedy of the hosts and the purpose of the show (which is to spotlight the talenta of the contestants). The jokes are funny sometimes, but most of the time they are very corny. I wish they would concentrate on the contestants' stories, and what inspired them to begin crafting, instead of doing so many corny jokes. They also don't show enough of the contestants making the crafts, for the two challenges they have to complete each show.

One contestant goes home every show, and the last crafter left at the finale of the show takes home ten thousand dollars and the title "Master Maker." I think the show tends to go slowly and be boring in spots, but if it can pick up the pace a bit, it will be fine. There are a lot of people who are crafters and will enjoy the show, but I don't think it will appeal to people who are not crafters. I hope the show will make improvements and get better, so I will keep watching. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.


From executive producers and hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman comes a uniquely lighthearted competition series reuniting two of pop culture’s biggest BFFs and celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us.
In this six-episode competition, eight of the most talented makers from across the country will take on a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and our expert judges, Simon Doonan and Dayna Isom Johnson. Poehler and Offerman both share a love and passion of craftsmanship, albeit from different perspectives. Poehler is a self-proclaimed crafting novice who has long harbored a secret appreciation for those who can imagine and execute incredible things by hand. Offerman is a New York Times best-selling author in the woodworking space and is well known for his love for making a variety of objects himself.
Every show will revolve around a central theme that draws inspiration from hugely popular, nationwide trends in crafting and DIY, which the whole family can enjoy.     
Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects that allow the makers to demonstrate their specialized talent, while sharing skilled insights and touching personal stories. First, the "faster-craft" round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the makers will move to the "master craft collection," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week.
Blending the atmosphere of a serene outdoor setting and innovative cinematography designed to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship at work, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of the crafting community and through it all, Amy and Nick will provide heartfelt encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs.

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