It appears that ABC is no longer in the home improvement-as-life improvement business.
On Thursday the network announced that “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” hosted by kind, studly carpenter Ty Pennington, would be ending in January 2012. The series will have aired 200 episodes and constructed more than 200 homes. According to ABC, the crew visited Joplin, Missouri in the 200th and final episode to build seven homes for seven families in seven days.
A spinoff of the unscripted reality series “Extreme Makeover,” which gifted recipients with cosmetic surgery, “Home Edition” was one of the feel-good reality series that stood in contrast to the “Fear Factors” of the world. At the height of its popularity it won over audiences by swooping into the lives of families that had fallen down on their luck and transforming their homes into dream palaces…with the idea that in doing so, their recipients’ lives would also improve.
But that was not always true. After the cameras left, a number of “Extreme Makeover” homes went into foreclosure or were sold when the homeowner could no longer afford maintenance costs, or tapped out their equity.
The final two episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will air from 8-10pm January 6 and 13 on ABC. Excerpts from the official press release are included below.
From ABC: “During its run, the quintessential feel-good reality show transformed the lives of thousands of deserving families and galvanized communities and businesses to help their neighbors in need. “EM:HE” also put a spotlight on causes that touched these families, ranging from the treatment of serious illnesses or accident victims and the importance of foster care and adoption, to helping veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and the plight of the homeless, to campaigning against texting while driving and building coalitions to end bullying. Celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama, Elton John, Robin Williams, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Glenn Close, Tyler Perry, Mary J Blige, Carrie Underwood, David Duchovny, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Usher, KISS, Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Derek Jeter are among the many who “got on the bus” over the years to join the show. In addition, the series won multiple Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program, received six Emmy nominations, won two People’s Choice Awards and an NAACP Image Award, as well as many additional honors.
As the series traveled to all 50 states, the team designed and re-built over 200 state of the art homes, and didn’t stop there, also tackling firehouses, schools, daycares, soup kitchens, Little League fields, free clinics, churches, food and clothing shelters, summer camps, community centers, dormitories, parks, teen centers, homeless shelters, animal shelters, dance studios, therapeutic riding centers and much more. A typical build attracted 3,000-5,000 volunteers, for a total of over one million people sacrificing their time to build for their neighbors.”