ABC Takes Wrecking Ball To Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has faltered this season after being moved to Friday nights from its longtime berth on Sunday.  And now, ABC is bringing an end to the show after nine seasons as a weekly series. The final new episode – the show’s 200th – will air on January 13, as Ty Pennington and the gang work on post-tornado renovations in Joplin, Mo. ABC says that the concept will live on in the form of occasional specials.

The series began in 2003 as a spinoff of the very different Extreme Makeover, which was part of the weird vogue for plastic surgery-related reality shows in the early 2000s. Hosted by the excitable Pennington, it spotlighted individuals and families who were doing important community work, but needed some assistance in the form of a new home or school. Before it began to wane in recent years, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was one of the most popular shows for family viewing.

A show like this had inevitable problems, most notably, the inability of some of the recipients of new homes to handle their good fortune. In one notorious case, an Atlanta family used their Extreme Makeover home as collateral for a business loan, and then lost the home when the business failed.

Fans of Pennington will still be able to get their hunky carpenter fix – the Monday after the final Extreme Makeover, he will become part of the team on ABC’s new afternoon talk-advice show, The Revolution.