Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:55 PM
One of the teachers at my son's school was on DIY's "Yard Crashers" last year. She was one of the helpers called in to her nephews house. They were building a cigar smoking pagoda thing in the back yard.
Turns out, her nephew is a pastor of a local church, and doesn't smoke. They applied for the show, and the show contacted him and said "We'd love to do X in your back yard". They had interviews with the wife saying she hated him smoking cigars in the house and he needed some place to smoke, and interviews with him saying how he was going to have such a good time with his friends sitting out in the pagoda smoking cigars with all his buddies.
The work was real - they did the yard in 2 days with the help of the show & the family and friends who were called in to help. Everything else about the show (including "surprising" the family while they were shopping at Home Depot or some such store) was staged.
"There's a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkey's typewriters and set them to work, they'd eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn't true" -Ian Hart