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Never Ever Do This at Home is a comedy-reality TV show that airs on Discovery Channel (Canada). Based on Ikke gjør dette hjemme, the show features hosts Teddy Wilson and Norm Sousa, who ignore the warning labels on a variety of household items, with varying results. The show made its debut on May 6, 2013[1] with two back-to-back episodes. The show has been bought by Spike TV to air in the United States.[2] Reruns also air on MTV in Canada.

Never Ever Do This at Home
Never Ever Do This At Home logo.png
GenreDocumentary, Reality, Comedy
StarringTeddy Wilson,
Norm Sousa
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21
Production
Production location(s)Southwestern Ontario
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkDiscovery Channel Property Tv
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMay 6, 2013
External links
Production website

The hostsEdit

Teddy WilsonEdit

Teddy Wilson is best known as the host of InnerSPACE, a science-fiction news show airing on Space.

He began his career in the entertainment industry as a child actor in You Can't Do That on Television. He went on to earn an Honours B.A. in political science and worked as a political advisor in the Ontario legislature. He left politics to work at MTV in 2005, and in 2008 was recruited by Space to host InnerSPACE. His first assignment was interviewing George Lucas.[3]

Norm SousaEdit

Norm Sousa is a comedian and actor from Toronto currently living in New York City.

He started his entertainment career at Humber College Comedy: Writing and Performance where, after graduation, he founded a comedy troupe called punchDRYSDALE which performed multiple times at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. He later joined the comedy ensemble The Sketchersons, where he became the head writer and producer of Sunday Night Live.[4]

ProductionEdit

On September 12, 2012, following the success of Ikke gjør dette hjemme in Norway, Discovery Channel Canada secured the rights to produce the first English-language version of the show from Norwegian broadcaster NRK through independent distributor DRG. Insight TV was commissioned to produce 13 30-minute episodes for the first season. Similar shows are planned for the Danish, German, and Swedish TV markets.[5]

Filming began on an old farm house in southwestern Ontario where the hosts set up shop along with a crew of safety professionals, including firefighters. 20 cameras were installed in the farmhouse to capture every angle, including Phantom high-speed cameras that can capture 2,650 frames per second. The show focuses on the physics and chemistry behind the disasters caused by the hosts' experiments.[6][7]

Season 2 was filmed in the Bradford, Ontario area.

Critical responseEdit

Before the show's first episode aired, Bill Harris, of Canoe.ca, said the show appeals to "the defiant [...] kid [...] within all of us" and said the show works best when it focuses on potential disasters viewers might have wondered about, and said he didn't relate to experiments such as the walk-in microwave oven, since that's not what a normal person might think of.[8]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2013)Edit

14 episodes aired in the first season, including a retrospective and behind-the-scenes special at the end of the season. Here are the highlights of the episodes.[9]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
11TBAMay 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)
Using fireworks indoors.
Building a walk-in microwave oven.
Heating canned goods by placing the unopened cans directly on the stove.
Tossing a propane-filled cooking canister into a fire -- indoors.
22TBAMay 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)
Testing the flammability of various food items -- nachos and coffee whitener.
Playing baseball indoors.
Microwaving emu eggs in their shell.
Playing with electricity.
The dangers of illegal moonshine.
* This episode was banned in the US (though it still played in Canada and Europe) due to the segment about moonshine.
33TBAMay 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
Using rockets to dry laundry.
Cooking with space heaters.
Playing golf indoors.
Deep-frying frozen food.
Appliance Death Match: Toaster vs. Popcorn maker.
44TBAMay 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
Microwaving a bottle of champagne.
Wagering on whether indoor or outdoor vermin is craftier.
Using a lawn mower to shave a shag carpet.
Cooking with a washer and dryer.
Adding a sunroof to a car using thermite.
55TBAMay 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
Barbecueing indoors.
Review outcome of vermin challenge from the last episode.
Indoors crossbow shooting.
Using a water heater to brew coffee.
Propane-filled balloons.
Appliance Death Match: Coffee maker vs. Deep fryer.
66TBAMay 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
Lighting a fuse without a match.
Lighting candles from across the room.
Adding heavy objects to a washing machine's spin cycle.
Motocrossing indoors.
Studying oxygen fires.
77TBAMay 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)
Driving with open fuel containers.
Cooking using the dishwasher.
Waterproof grilling wieners using magnesium.
Jumping on the bed.
Overfilling a water-bed.
88TBAMay 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)
Norm drives a full-sized remote control car.
Appliance Death Match: Waffle maker vs. Rice cooker.
99TBAJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
Overinflating tires.
Attempting to add a new door, using explosives.
Beer in the hot water tank
Flooding the bathroom.
1010TBAJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
Using explosives to dig holes for planting the garden.
Moving the piano downstairs using explosives
Building an alarm system using dry ice.
Bowling using the hallway as the alley and bowling using flammable pins.
Appliance Death Match: Finals: Deep fryer vs. Waffle maker vs. Toaster
1111TBAJune 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
Adding water to hot oil.
1212TBAJune 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
Using explosives to dig a hot tub
Playing with piñatas.
Building the largest night-light using glow-sticks.
Turning over an unregulated propane tank.
Pushing off the front of the house.
1313TBAJune 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)
Skeet shooting and shooting at hydrogen balloons.
Painting with explosives.
Bringing down the house, via propane and a spark.
1414TBAJune 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)
After the Mayhem: The hosts explain many of the behind-the-scenes elements of the show, including preparing the house for the show, introducing the various experts and safety personnel that worked on the show. Showing some of the scariest moments, some of the biggest failures and some experiments that did not make the regular show.

Season 2 (2014)Edit

Season 2 of Never Ever Do This At Home aired on May 12, 2014.

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
151TBAMay 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
A bathtub is moved up stairs in the Season 2 premiere. Also: a mobile hot tub.
162TBAMay 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
Dangers of woodworking; how to cut the grass faster; building a couch boat.
173TBAMay 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)
Rafting down a man-made river; defrosting a freezer; building a remote-control boat.
184TBAMay 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)
A homemade tennis-ball dispenser. Shooting gas canisters. Making a giant creme brûlé in a hot tub.
195TBAMay 26, 2014 (2014-05-26)
Hosts Teddy Wilson and Norm Sousa make a BBQ with a lawn sprinkler and try to paint a room using a lawnmower. They also use science and food to make their own rocket fuel and head down to the hunting cabin to learn the wrong way to fuel up their boat.
206TBAMay 26, 2014 (2014-05-26)
In this episode, hosts Teddy Wilson and Norm Sousa find an innovative way to change their truck tires without a jack and reinvent the game of darts.They find a new way to smoke fish and find the wrong ways to open a safe.
217TBAJune 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)
Dangers of methane gas are examined.
228TBAJune 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)
An indoor ice rink is built; dangers of paint fumes are examined.
239TBAJune 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)
The practicality of vacuum sealing is examined; dangers of spontaneous combustion are explored.
2410TBAJune 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)
A new way to detail a truck; a method for quickly putting up holiday lights.
2511TBAJune 17, 2014 (2014-06-17)
Testing an alternate method for packing and lifting boxes of heavy books and furniture.
2612TBAJune 17, 2014 (2014-06-17)
A rooftop patio is built.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stinson, Scott (May 6, 2013). "Blowing stuff up has never been so educational as on this Discovery series". National Post. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  2. ^ Vlessing, Etan (May 8, 2013). "MIPTV: Spike TV Buys Canadian Adaptation of Norwegian Format (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cast Bio -- Teddy Wilson". Space. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Sousa, Norm. "Bio -- Norm Sousa". Norm Sousa's personal blog. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Never Ever Do This At Home - Format (Press)". drg.tv. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  6. ^ Deacon, Eleni (May 6, 2013). "Never Ever Do This At Home premieres tonight on Discovery". Space. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Never Ever Do This At Home". Bell Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Harris, Bill (May 1, 2013). "Discovery series Never Ever Do This At Home appeals to the defiant kid in all of us". Canoe.ca. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Never Ever Episodes". Discovery Canada. Retrieved May 8, 2013.