Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

2004, TV Show

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According to a study cited by the Jack Myers Media Business Report, the TV shows people pay most attention to are not necessarily the ones advertisers should pay attention to. For example, ABC's Lost, Alias and Desperate Housewives rank high in viewer engagement with content, but those watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition pay better attention to the commercials. Especially if it's a commercial for Lost, Alias or Housewives. read more

Extreme Makeover Helps the Big Easy

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington talks New Orleans musician Irvin Mayfield.

Stunned silence doesn't play especially well on reality TV, but then reality TV hasn't encountered anything quite like New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Archille "Chile" O'Neal, a blues musician from storm-struck St. Bernard's Parish who lost all of his instruments, was moved beyond words when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Paul DiMeo — the carpenter with the Buddy Holly eyewear — surprised him with a pickup truck full of gleaming Gibson and Hohner guitars. As he clicked open case after case, O'Neal just shook his head in glorious disbelief. "You realize these are for you, Chile?" a producer asked off camera. "All these are yours to keep." DiMeo slung his arm around O'Neal's shoulder and smiled warmly, as the producer asked them to redo the moment. On Take 2, they got exactly the Extreme reaction ABC needed: hoots, hollers and an unholy scream of "Oh, my god!" As its popularity co read more

Get This Party Started In the...

Get This Party StartedIn the wake of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's success, it was bound to happen: a show devoted to giving deserving folks a well-earned party. And there are fewer families in need of a party more than the Joneses, who lost just about everything in Hurricane Katrina. Since then they've been living in a hotel as evacuees and could certainly use a diversion. Enter Laguna Beach babe Kristin Cavallari and Extra's Ethan Erickson to the rescue! Sisters Arin and Alexis were ostensibly heading to Las Vegas to audition for a singing competition (not American Idol, these girls actually can sing). But sneaky Arin was in cahoots with Kristin and Ethan so her sis Alexis could have the best 21st birthday ever. With an entire wardrobe, a brand-new car, gift bags, an read more

Smallville This is the one where...

SmallvilleThis is the one where Clark and Lana get together for the first time, but I remember it fondly because it showed just how fierce a character Chloe has become. Our favorite farm boy is all powerless and is forced to rely on his best friend to help save Lana and his parents from The Shield's Lemonhead and the Powder twins. Allison Mack had some great lines. Here's a good one: "I didn't realize superwhining was one of your powers." And I loved this exchange between Chloe and Clark: "So what you're saying is that now that you're human you have absolutely no useful skills. Not so much." Yup, I’m really enjoying the former Torch editor this season. I like her working with Clark and being someone who knows his deepest darkest secret. Meanwhile, ClarkLite is so chipper and non-broody without his powers. Too chipper. Too non-broody. I kinda like the angst that comes with being Kal-El. But if anyone deserves a little sunshine in his life, it’s Clark. Y read more

Why did NBC abandon the ...

Question: Why did NBC abandon the terrific Three Wishes? There was talk of moving it to Wednesday nights at 8 pm/ET, which made perfect sense. But then nothing happened. Friday nights at 9 makes no sense, especially without a lead-in. This is the type of show that could run for years — at 8. My family loves watching it. Is it too late for another network to save it? Answer: Probably. (Rule of thumb: Once a network cancels a show, the likelihood of anyone else picking it up is minuscule at best.) You're right on one count: This is the type of show that could run for years at 8 pm/ET. Another example is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I doubt Three Wishes was actually less enjoyable, and certainly it was not less public-spirited, than Makeover: Home, but it was ineptly scheduled (NBC has a real gift for that), and what an outrage that it's being replaced by something called Most Outrageous TV Moments. (This may qualify as one. ... read more

All right, secret confession time:...

All right, secret confession time: The Poseidon Adventure is one of my favorite cheesy movies of all time. But this version was a little bit disappointing. Sure, watching Steve Guttenberg trying to be all serious was inadvertently humorous, but they missed the campy factor from the get-go. Instead of an implausible tidal wave that wasn't seen on radar and could flip an entire ship, they went with a terrorist plot. Plus, without the presence of the remarkable Shelley Winters or the cool Gene Hackman, this remake just doesn't hold water. Oh, and poor C. Thomas Howell: He barely made it out of this alive, had a gnarly broken arm and he played a pedophile on ER earlier this month. Can he not get some better gigs?... While I do love Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and think the little kid from this week may have been the cutest thing to ever don a Boston Red Sox hat, I think I have finally become immune to the read more

ABC SWEEPS SUNDAY RATINGS

On the first Sunday of this November sweeps period, The West Wing's live debate netted the NBC drama its highest ratings of the season. Still, no channel could compete with ABC, which steamrolled its rivals with the triple threat of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (with 18.4 million viewers), Desperate Housewives (which had 24.4 mil wondering when, if ever, Gabrielle is going to start showing) and Grey's Anatomy (19 mil). read more

I watched Extreme Makeover: ...

Question: I watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Sunday night and I saw that Ty Pennington stormed into TV Guide's offices. I was looking for you, hoping to see your smiling face. Were you hiding?


Answer: If you consider jumping up and down on my desk frantically waving my hands in the air to try to get on camera "hiding," then, yes, I was hiding.

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It's a new personal record for...

Threshold

It's a new personal record for me. I made it almost 45 minutes into an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition before I started tearing up. Of course, it was a two-hour episode, and I still ended up wiping my eyes for over an hour, so I guess it all evened out. I always watch, but tonight I was viewing with a purpose, to check out where all the TV Guides Ty came and collected from our office actually went, and to see people that I work with on TV, which was kind of cool in a surreal sort of way. The whole media center was pretty neat, and the staff bunks were fun (do those people have any place to store their clothing?), but the amazing tree with all the hands of the campers was what did me in. Once they started collecting those hand outlines, I knew I was done for. Then Trisha Yearwood showing up to sing an inspirational song and former space-cadet read more

I've really been enjoying ...

Question: I've really been enjoying Extras, but it seems like I never hear anything about the show. Why has HBO put so little effort into promoting it? Do you think it's because it's not their own production? Or because there aren't that many episodes? I saw ads for Unscripted and The Comeback all over the place and neither of those shows was nearly as good as this one. Whenever a network attempts to remake a British show, there are always scores of people complaining because they don't just air the U.K. originals. Now that a network finally is, it seems like the show is going completely unnoticed. Answer: It would make sense to me if HBO, as I expect, spent most of its promotional energy this fall, once Rome was up and running, to trumpet the long-awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I'm loving Extras and agree HBO had some real opportunities to exploit the hilarious cameos by Kate Winslet and Ben Stiller, but much like Ricky Gervais' original The Office, it's still something of a ... read more

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Premiered: February 15, 2004, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Families get the home-repair treatment from a team of designers in this popular spin-off from the personal-makeover hit. Another offshoot, `How'd They Do That?' takes a closer look at the work done on each house.

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