Move over, Trading Spaces! There’s a new reboot in town, and it’s arriving in a seriously big bus.
In the best news for home décor enthusiasts everywhere, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is returning to TV in 2020. The reboot is making its comeback on HGTV, though it originally aired on ABC.
The HGTV website writes that the network plans to produce 10 episodes, each with a custom reno for a "very deserving family." They will be spotlighting "local heroes and those who give back to their communities despite personal challenges." A perfect example is the firefighter and father of two who will appear in the first episode.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is such an iconic show,” said Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery, according to Variety. “It’s an emotional story centered around a house. There is real drama, and real stakes around a home being rebuilt.”
Here’s everything to know about the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition reboot.
HGTV announced in June 2019 that Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will take on the hosting duties. The post was formerly held by Ty Pennington, carpenter and home improvement heartthrob extraordinaire. As for why they opted for Jesse over Ty, it sounds like Jesse is a better fit for to the network's fresh vision.
“Jesse’s participation as host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of the ways that HGTV will put its own creative lens on the series,” said Jane Latman, president of HGTV. “We’ll make some variations to creative aspects of the show, but it will always deliver the great storytelling that made it one of the most iconic and successful properties in television.”
Is Ty Pennington coming back?
YES. While Ty won't be hosting the reboot, he will be making a guest appearance to do what he does best: serve as a hands-on renovator who actively participates in the builds.
"I’m honored to roll up my sleeves and relive the magic of the most positive, life-changing show I’ve ever been a part of," Ty said in a press release. "I’m passionate about design and making positive change in people’s lives. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition shows you what amazing things can happen when people work together."
The news of Ty coming back was part of HGTV's recent announcement that the series will feature a special guest star in every episode to work alongside the volunteers and design team. The network has already confirmed that some of the biggest names in home renovation—including Tarek El Moussa (Flip or Flop), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential), and Tamara Day (Bargain Mansions)—will appear on the show.
Where will they renovate houses?
The first renovation out of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition reboot is officially complete! After a seven-year hiatus, the show debuted in Clovis, California with the help of De Young Properties.
"We had such a great experience here with De Young and everyone in Clovis and greater Fresno area. We thought no better place to come back to," executive producer and showrunner Brady Connell told ABC 30. Construction on the house began at the end of July and volunteers and crew members worked for 96 hours to complete the project.
The well-deserving homeowner—CAL FIRE Captain Nick Reeder—had tears in his eyes as Jesse revealed the new four-bedroom home to him and his twin daughters. Nick's wife, Amanda, passed away in April of 2018 shortly after giving birth to his little girls.
"The Reeder family are so deserving," said Ryan De Young, president of De Young Properties. "I get choked up every time I talk about them."
How do I get on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?"
Casting for the show started in April, and appears to still be ongoing. You can apply to be featured yourself, or you can nominate someone you know. The requirements they’re looking for in families are as follows:
- They have incredible stories of strength and perseverance.
- They continue to give back to their communities, despite the personal challenges they face.
- They don’t have the resources, ability, or time to fix their house issues.
- OR those who are not homeowners and deserve a brand new house.
What are you waiting for?! Apply, already!
When will it be on?
It won’t air until January 2020, but if you’re thinking, “That is SO FAR AWAY,” don’t worry, HGTV has a master plan. They have received the rights to air 100 episodes from the original series, which ran from 2003-2012, so that you can binge watch as necessary. Or, you can save yourself the trouble and buy it now.
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