Jump to content
Forums forums
PRIMETIMER
SilverStormm

Home & Family

Recommended Posts

I just can’t watch this show with her as co-host. Why must she always say “Awwww” at least three times per episode?  It’s just as disturbing and overused as the Duggar family’s use of “precious”. 

Bleah....

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I used to watch this show, but I can't stand Debbie either. She cries at the drop of a hat - get a grip! She's just obnoxious. I like Mark, and watched for a while after she took over hosting from Cristina, but he's not enough to make up for Debbie. 

Share this post


Link to post

Sounds like they pulled a “Cristina” to me. Here one day, gone the next.  I wonder who they will replace him with - Debbie can’t host this by herself.  (Maybe Lawrence?  Ken probably won’t want the gig since his partner and children live in San Francisco.)

Frankly, I think they fired the wrong co/host. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

It's always fascinating to watch how the departures of key cast members on this specific series are handled.   If it's one of the supporting cast (family) members and not a main host, they will just begin to feature them less prominently over a span of time, phasing them out slowly, and we will see them less and less often until they are finally just... gone.   

But when it is one of the primary hosts of the show that is leaving (whether by their own choice or by the network's choice), the other host left on the show is forced to make up dumb stories about how the suddenly-absent host is "enjoying a vacation" or "enjoying time with family", etc., etc., to make it seem like nothing out of the ordinary is going on.   That happened with Cristina Ferrare -- when she suddenly vanished from the show, Mark had to  say that she was enjoying a vacation or whatever, until they finally 'fessed up and admitted she was gone for good.   (Coincidentally, Cristina was booted off in May, right around Memorial Day, and  it seems that Mark has left in May too -- so it is very tied into contracts being up for renegotiating at a specific time, I think.)

Now...  they did the same kind of anticlimactic thing with Mark.  Of course, today the cast was allowed to officially acknowledge that Mark was no longer on the show.   And I realize that they are a TV show and a network, and they are not obligated to tell their viewers all of what goes on behind the scenes to lead to someone's departure.  But for a show that is supposed to convey a feeling of connection and warmth, closeness, friendliness, home and family, it is very odd that the main hosts who leave are never given the chance to actually deliver a personal goodbye to the fans.  They put in years of time and work, and their viewers feel like they know them as friends or family, and yet they are not given a few minutes to say goodbye on the show -- even in a pre-taped segment.  Instead, their former cast members have to give some vague statement about it that leaves viewers feeling empty and cheated.    It's so... cold, in a way.

Edited by TVFan17
  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post

I had heard that Mark was on vacation so didn't really tune in to the show like I normally would because I wasn't a fan of the guest hosts. It seemed like his vacation was lasting forever so did some digging and found out that he was let go. It's really a shame since he was my favorite on the show and I probably wont tune in anymore. I usually have it on as background noise anyway but I was surprised to find myself actually liking a daytime talk show (they normally aren't my thing). It's too bad. I thought he was funny, sarcastic and witty enough to provide some laughs for me. 

Share this post


Link to post

I happened to watch it once this week for a few minutes - can't stand Cameron Mathison! He needs to dial it down several notches. Way too hyper. 

Share this post


Link to post

I believe Mark. Woody has been a creepy old dude even from the old “Home Show” days on ABC. In the past when Woody would say or do something creepy the hosts would just try to roll their eyes and laugh it off. That kind of behavior doesn’t fly as easily anymore. Good for Mark for standing up for his coworkers. I hope he finds another gig soon or that he’s able to make a living with his photography. If the show’s ratings slipped it was because people were not happy with the way Cristina was sent off and replaced with Debbie. 

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
8 minutes ago, Angeleyes said:

I believe Mark. Woody has been a creepy old dude even from the old “Home Show” days on ABC. In the past when Woody would say or do something creepy the hosts would just try to roll their eyes and laugh it off. That kind of behavior doesn’t fly as easily anymore. Good for Mark for standing up for his coworkers. I hope he finds another gig soon or that he’s able to make a living with his photography. If the show’s ratings slipped it was because people were not happy with the way Cristina was sent off and replaced with Debbie. 

I kinda remember him from the first go around of Home & Family on The Family Channel too where he was the creepy guy who was a BTS person you wouldn't think would be around on camera.

Share this post


Link to post

The quotes in those articles made me nauseous. I, too, also got the same creepy vibe whenever the exec producer appeared on the show. I can't even imagine how the guests or producers must be feeling right now.

I did some digging to see if I could learn more and those tweets on the channel's twitter statement as well as the comments around different articles support Mark's case.

I also stumbled on a few allegations from years back with the same claims ( how long has this been going on??) And then I saw pics and mention of who the executive producer used to mentor. Everything connected together.

Share this post


Link to post

Yes, good for Mark. He just always came across as a classy guy and was my favorite part of Home and Family. His exit was so abrupt that I couldn't imagine what the hell happened for them to get rid of him so quickly. It makes sense now. I haven't watched Home and Family since Mark left but I do follow him on social media. I hope something comes of this lawsuit. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

OK, I'll go...

When Mark Stienes was fired, I'll admit that I felt bad for the guy. However, in retrospect, I do believe he'd begun to make the show too much about "his" family instead of about the Hallmark family assembled there.

IMHO Cameron Matthison is doing a much better job of simply hosting the show while contributing a peek at his family* from time to time.

*and yes, I saw the episode with ancestry dot com. Even that was non-cringeworthy.

Share this post


Link to post

Mark just won a procedural victory in his court case. The defense tried to have the case thrown out, but the judge ruled that there is enough evidence to continue on with the case. My guess is that they’ll eventually settle, but this gives Mark’s side some leverage. 

Share this post


Link to post

Finally! Cameron Mathison is now officially credited and it really is about time that he got credited as well.

A64-AA2-E5-0597-4-A30-8-BB0-47-A4-BD0-A0

Edited by MikaelaArsenault

Share this post


Link to post

It looks like Cameron Mathison won't be co-hosting all week again, and there will be the same two guest co-hosts instead. Last week had the guest co-hosts as well, except for Monday.

Share this post


Link to post

From Home & Family's Facebook:

Cameron is off filming a new Hallmark Christmas movie, which is why there are the two rotating guest co-hosts.

Home & Family is with Debbie Matenopoulos and 2 others.

July 10 at 9:00 AM · 

It's been so enjoyable having Ali Fedotowsky-Manno join Debbie Matenopoulos while Cameron Mathison has been off filming his new Hallmark Christmas Movie and now we're getting a behind-the-scenes look! Watch to see Cameron on set with his co-star #ElizabethMitchell - we're even more excited to see this movie now.

For more check-ins, join us weekdays at 10am/9c on Hallmark Channel USA!

Share this post


Link to post

I'm no longer seeing Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel schedule anymore. Did it get cancelled?

Edit: Never mind. It looks like the show is just on a break right now.

Edited by MikaelaArsenault
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Thanks for posting that clip above! 

a lot of people on the hallmark boards are upset. they don't know about the temporary hiatus. Will try and repost the clip there.

Edited by seasons
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
6 hours ago, seasons said:

Thanks for posting that clip above! 

a lot of people on the hallmark boards are upset. they don't know about the temporary hiatus. Will try and repost the clip there.

You’re welcome, and please do repost the clip.

Where did you find out about it on the hallmark boards though?

Share this post


Link to post
7 hours ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

You’re welcome, and please do repost the clip.

Where did you find out about it on the hallmark boards though?

I was doing a search about where the show went and came upon the hallmark forums. Then I came here,figuring I would find out the scoop, which I did! (We are awesome here!) I had seen the Facebook clip above posted by @MikaelaArsenault so I went back over to hallmark and posted the Facebook link there. The fans on the hallmark forums were so upset and didn't seem to know about the hiatus either.

Hope that makes sense!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
5 hours ago, seasons said:

I was doing a search about where the show went and came upon the hallmark forums. Then I came here,figuring I would find out the scoop, which I did! (We are awesome here!) I had seen the Facebook clip above posted by @MikaelaArsenault so I went back over to hallmark and posted the Facebook link there. The fans on the hallmark forums were so upset and didn't seem to know about the hiatus either.

Hope that makes sense!

I don't see the hallmark forums.

Share this post


Link to post
7 hours ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

I don't see the hallmark forums.

I'm sorry. Typical me.

This is the forum i had stumbled across during my search on what happened, before I came to my senses and found your post here.

https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/home-family-season-eight-renewal-announced-for-hallmark-daytime-series/comment-page-8/#comments

looks like hallmark doesn't do forums on their website. 

Thank you so much for posting the Facebook update.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×