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Review: AMC reality show 'Owner's Manual' guided by charm, pretense

Review: AMC reality show 'Owner's Manual' guided by charm, pretense

"Owner's Manual," a new reality series debuting Thursday on AMC, takes a familiar dichotomy of human nature — the way some people will read instructions when assembling some bit of flat-packed furniture or installing a new piece of home electronics, versus the way some people don't — and bumps it up in scale and riskiness, as two men operate powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles (trains, planes, race cars, a sailing ship) with which they were previously unfamiliar.

Marcus Hunt (HGTV's "Hammer Heads") and Ed Sanders ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") are the stars; they enter, bantering. We are meant to feel from the beginning that they...

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