With less notice than a quick sale, Extreme Makeover Home Edition had its door locked shut on ABC in an announcement that came from the network on Thursday.
Although that was when the official signal was given to stop showing the nine-season-old reality program, when ABC moved the once highly rated show from its usual Sunday night slot to the killer slot for many a TV enterprise (aka Fridays), the writing seemed to be written on the walls, so to speak, saying that this demise would be coming,
Still, even last night Ty Pennington and his handy helpers could be seen on the small screen picking a family and making this Columbus, Ohio tribe a new life by building their dream home where the damaged beyond compare one once stood. And they will continue to do so until January 13 when the final episode airs.
That particular Extreme Makeover Home Edition edition will feature clans who live in tornado ravaged Joplin, MO. The two-hour program will, in fact, illustrate how seven new abodes could be built from the ground up in just a week's time, a major triumph.
Meanwhile, as a consolation prize to the show that made that build possible ABC has given the green light to letting this same program air in special episodes later in 2012. At this point, though. no dates have been been announced. However, The Hollywood Reporter reports that ABC will feature "four special episodes after its current ninth season ends its run on Jan. 13 with its 200th episode."
Meanwhile, head 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' honcho will star on ABC as the amiable talent is said to be joining the talk show arena as part of the panel of a program called The Revolution which will begin airing on January 16. This is the replacement for the long-running One Life to Live, and also features Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame, as well as Harley Pasternak, Jennifer Ashton, and Tiffanie Davis.
Hosting duties aside, Ty Pennington will most likely keep building when the specials for Extreme Makeover Home Edition finally do surface on ABC, a network obviously in the midst of many changes. Or should we say this Hollywood institution is taking on an extreme makeover of its own?