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Extreme Makeover, the television series, Thursday nights 9/8c on ABC, offers a new twist to the old makeover story. Over 7,000 applicants from across the United States applied to have not only their make-up and hair done, but also their entire bodies. Participants have found their sense of self-appreciation restored as well as their confidence. Selected individuals for this show experience the wide scope of makeover possibilities. Each episode focuses on two individuals as their makeover story progresses.

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      28.08.2012 15:15

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      Tries too hard to be liked, cynical product placement, but the genuine altruism wins out in the end.

      Dewy-eyed designers sit in the bus nodding sympathetically at the tale of woe unfolding during the target family's application video. Staged design team meetings pretend to come up spontaneously with brilliant ideas for rooms full of dinosaurs that four-year-olds may have to live with at least till they take up the college scholarships that will be coming to them rather than any other deserving students who haven't just also won the TV equivalent of the lottery. Sweeping music uses every trick it can lay its hands on to bludgeon you into high emotion when the lucky family explains its plight or gets back from vacation from Disney - one of our sponsors as it happens. Shots of all the very genuine, very big hearted volunteers pan away to dwell lovingly on a box which just happens to say "Daltile" (presumably another of our sponsors). The mix of warmth, crass consumerism, human goodness, corporate self interest, optimism and irritating brashness has never been so potent, so appalling and so appealing at the same time.

      I can think of 101 reasons not to watch, from the transparent fakery of so much of the production to Ty's ennervating hyperactivity, Michael Moloney's saccharin mushiness (he's by no means the only culprit, he just comes to mind) and Ed Sanders' accent which has been described as "150% Cockney". But watch it I do. And on cue I tear up. I hate myself for it but I watch. And to be fair, the genuine vounteers are mightily impressive and some of the families are really heroic.

      And of course it is not philanthropy. It is entertainment. When even the active participation of the First Lady (without a single political reason for taking part of course) could not keep the viewing figures high enough, ABC pulled the show without a second thought despite an in-tray heaving with applications from families just as desperate as the ones undoubtedly helped.

      Yes there were a few frauds or scoundrels among the "deserving", not all of the houses it seems lived up to their promise, not all of the lives were truly better after the circus left town, but overall it must rank as one of the better "reality" shows. It was certainly the biggest.

      When it works it works well, and when it works really well, I wonder at how a society can be so bad at arranging itself that so many people through no fault of their own can left so horribly far behind. And I wonder what fate awaits the tens of thousands of applicants who were not quite such good TV material.

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      02.09.2010 13:01
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      A Great Concept For A Reality Show, Much More Impact Than Other Reality Shows.

      ***The Show***

      Extreme Makeover Home Edition or EM:HE was orgionally created as a spin off of Extreme Makeover where individuals are given a full makeover, often with the help of plastic surgery. EM:HE has outlasted Extreme Makeover, and has had 7 successful series.
      Each episode features a new family that is in desperate need of a home makeover, but due to circumstances are unable to do the reovations themselves. Families have featured who have had their lives devastated by natural disaster, or have a terminally ill family member who requires more attention.
      The show ensures that these families have a new start at life and can move forward and provide a better life for there families. One with less worries and usually a lot more space!
      The producers of the show coordinate with local construction companies and suppliers to arrange for all the renovations to be done as a good will gesture. With the credability of this show I am sure they are never short of offers of help. Not only are all the supplies donated but the community donates their time and labour also. A mixture of qualified volunteers and people who are just willing to lend a hand join in the construction of the new home.
      The whole thing includes interior, exterior and landscape designs and renovations. A fund raiser is usually hosted also by EM:HE that raises funds for either a nest egg for the family or for charity if that family is particularly supportive. The family usually find themselves the owner of a brand new car, and my personal favourite is when ll the children recieve full scholarships to college.

      ***The Hosts***

      Ty Pennington ................. Host/Design Team Leader/Carpentry
      Paul DiMeo ...................... Carpentry
      Paige Hemmis ................ Carpentry
      Tracy Hutson ................... Shopping/Style
      Tanya McQueen ............... Interior Design
      Michael Moloney .............. Interior Design/Glamour
      Ed Sanders ...................... Carpentry
      Eduardo Xol ..................... Landscaping
      John Littlefield .................. Carpentry
      Rib Hillis ............................ Carpentry
      Didiayer Snyder ................ Design

      ***The Format Of The Show***

      There are thousands and thousands of applicants each season to EM:HE, and the tough task is picking which families can be featured. As all families are deserving of that chance to change their lives. Each family must have two components, the family must be truelly deserving and in need of the help that EM:HE can provide, they must also be a family that give back to their community. This is as the aim of the show is to point out issues ongoing in American society. Each episode displays the family as an advocate of awareness of these particular problems. Familes featured have been effected by a tragic loss or event, veterans, families devastated by hurricanes and tornados, single parent families, families who have adopted nearly a football team of kids, families affected by severe illness ranging from autism to HIV/AIDS. These families stand up and show ways of coping, facing and treating such problems.
      So, the programme starts with a profile of the family, explaining what hardships they have encountered, what they do for their community and why they are in need of such help from the team. Then comes Ty's wake up call. And to be fair I can't think of anyone other than Ty Pennington I would rather have standing in my garden shouting "Good Morning" through a megaphone!!!!
      Following this is the stampede of shocked and emotional family members, they all dive and throw themselves at the hosts. One episode I watched the family came running out of the house and knocked the host down the street like skittles. Thank God, we can now rewind TV because I had to watch that over and over!
      The designers are then given a tour of the house, with parents pointing out all the damage to the houses, such as mould contamination, roofing that is falling down, leaks, toilets that do not work, bedrooms that are part of the kitchen and the list goes on. Usually this is the stage where Ty and the family have a really heart felt, emotional converstation about how their lives will be changes by this and how rough it has been on the family. Whilst the kids explain how they want their bedrooms to be set in space or they want a castle for a bed or their own race course that their bed with drive round.
      Then comes the time when the family are sent on holiday for the week and the team can get on with the demolition and build. The demolition has become quite a song and dance in recent series with it becoming more and morecreative. We have seen WWE wrestlers throw people through walls, a tug-of-war game to pull do pillars, dynamite and the old faithful bulldozer. And so the chaos begins, designing and putting into place all the ideas. Watching the new house be built and the notorious scenes of moving in the funiture. The family are able towatch the demolition of the house through video feed, whilst they have an amazing back drop of the Magic Kingdom.
      Recently, Ty and the team have also been hosting events for the families to raise them money for charities they are a part of, or to put together a family fund to help them in the future. As well as enlisting the help of celebs to raise cash, and to also get thier hands dirty. We have seen celebs such as Cheryl Crow, Jessica Alba, Xzibit, and many many more get involved in changing the lives of these families.
      Then the family comes home. The all pile out of the limo provided for them and line up on the street infront of all the volunteers that have provided the time to help build their new home. After some more heart felt words from the construction teams and Ty the shows catchphrase is then used. "BUS DRIVER! MOVE THAT BUS".
      When the bus is moved, there is a lot of yelling, crying, clapping, jumping and in some episodes people have thrown themselves on the floor!!!! Which I really will admit i find hilarious!!!
      Then the house and all the suprises are unveiled. The new kitchens, living rooms, play areas and bedrooms. There have been some amazing creations! My personal favourite was when they turned the entire back garden into a race course with buggies and BMX bikes. One teenager was given a wrestling room, with a tunnel through to a ring which included gym equipment. Another, a woman run a day care centre from her house and was given a brand new state of the art school room for the kids. Another woman, her own clothes shop on the side of her house. There have ben beds made out of aeroplanes and hung from the ceiling, pumpkin beds, race car beds with authentic parts and the list goes on.
      Another thing the show likes to provide is state of the art equipment for those who are unable to provide it for their disabled or terminally ill family members. With en-suite bathrooms filled with everything that can make life easier and provide independence. In one episode, a teenager who was born blind and unable to walk had a bedroom that was voice activated, where he could manoever without issues.

      ***My Thoughts***

      I think this is one of the best reality TV shows that we have to date. I think the concept of the show is not entirely orginal but has an amazing twist that makes it like no other building/construction show there is. The changes that are made to these families are phenomenal! Although, the acting is pretty shoddy at times, the sketches they do between designs etc is really overacted, but I think it does add to the feel of the show. It gives the show a bit of humour rather than being completely serious all the way through. It has a very good balance of emotion and humour. The new homes that are created are fantastic and it is nice to see what effect this will have on peoples lives. The show is also putting across very important messages to the public, raising awareness and also raising money for good causes along the way. Two thumbs up from me and a 5/5. The only negative I do have is that sometimes it becomes a little cheesy and a bit too overboard with the motivational speaking, it can be a little cliche, but its all worth it when the families throw themselves on the floor after the reveal :P

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        19.05.2010 18:17
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        Exciting and interesting to see the work that gets done

        Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a reality television series providing home renovations for deserving families, hosted by Ty Pennington and has been running since 2003 and is still going now. I love this programme and can't get enough of it and it's better than othe reality shows in that the people who have their houses renovated really do deserve it. They might be ill or have no space due to their huge family but whatever the reason it makes great viewing. It's not just a reality show like Big Brother for example where a bunch of people just try to become famous overnight. Ty Pennington is fantastic with his team too and really adds enthusiasm and vigour to the whole show as well as he drives around in his huge bus across America in search of stories.

        The format is similar in each episode. After thousands of applications one deserving family is picked each time. They may be facing of faced some sort of pain or hardship in their life. The show's producer's then liase with construction companies to organise a surprise makeover of the family's home. Plus, these are no ordinary makeovers. In most cases they pretty much demolish the old house and build a brand new one from scratch in a tight deadline which makes for exciting TV. They will alter interiors and exteriors and landscaping outside in the garden. In regards to the timescales they are really tight and remind me of the Challenge Anneka programme from years ago. They normally promise to the get the job done in seven days which is a massive undertaking. The family are sent on holiday while this is done.

        I think this programme is highly entertaining and it's absolutely fascinating to watch the before and after of these houses as the change is remarkable and the look on the faces of the family when they return to find their lives have changed forever for the better.

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          11.05.2010 11:14
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          Extreme Makeover show for deserving families... go Ty!

          Extreme Home Makeover is Extremely cheesy television but I can't help but watch it. It's an emotional rollercoaster which leaves you laughing and crying at the same time, in a pile of tissues, whilst the rest of your household looks on in shame.

          Produced by ABC in America, Extreme Makeover: Home edition is the house equivalent of Extreme Makeover. The extreme part comes from the fact that in most cases, the house is completely destroyed and a new one built.

          The show has been running for 7 seasons since 2003. The designers vary from seasons but the show is always presented by Ty Pennington. He takes part in the makeover by taking one of the rooms and making it a special project. The other designers each take on a room - normally the bedrooms and go to a great deal of effort to design special themes for the children. All the labour and materials are donated by local companies, who in return receive promotion within the programme. Most episodes are an hour long (with adverts) although sometimes they do special ones which are two hours long.

          *The Show*
          Each show features the same format. At the start, Ty and the designers are in a bus and he tells them where they are travelling to. He shows them a video that the family have made, and the cameras show the designers watching, and crying, over the videos. Once they arrive at their destination, Ty and the designers leap out of the bus with a megaphone. Ty stands on the lawn and shouts out all the family names and tells them to come out. Queue scenes of crying women/children/men, lots of hugs and thank-you's. The family show Ty around the house, pointing out the rubble/mould/holes in the wall which is the problem. Then Ty announces that they will build them a new house in a week and then tells the family they are going on vacation for a week. The holidays quite often involve Disneyworld/land but often the holiday location is personal for the family.

          Depending on how bad the damage to the house is (or in some cases there is no house at all), the house will be demolished - which is normally done by Ty with a wrecking ball, a big car or something equally as dramatic. The whole thing is filmed and shown to the family on vacation through a video. The main frame of the house is built quite quickly and the designers start to plan the rooms. Ty has his secret room and makes a big deal about keeping it secret.

          Once the house is built, the furniture is moved in. Sears is a big donator to the programme and many episodes feature a shopping trip there. At the end of the week, the house is complete and friends and family line the street waiting for the family to return. If you have managed to remain dry eyed up to this point, you will need a tissue for the next bit. The family exit their limo and stand behind the bus which is blocking the view of the house. Ty gets his megaphone out again and leads the crowd and family into chanting "move that bus". The bus moves and the family get their first look at their new house. The reactions always differ - some yell, some scream, some are too shocked to speak but they all are just so genuinely happy at their new home. The kids always cry, then mum cries and then the dad and they all hug. It's glurge at its very best because by this point, you are rooting for the family at every step.

          Once the tears have stopped, the family get to thank the designers, before Ty takes them around their new home. The kids get to see their rooms for the first time, and each kid is filmed entering their room alone to get the full impact. Once the whole house and garden have been revealed, there is always a get together of the crew and designers with the family, before Ty finishes with his "welcome home X family, welcome home". The credits then roll, normally with footage of outtakes from the programme.

          *The Families*
          The main salvation of the cheese is that the families involved are families who you really really really want to get a new home. They're not the chavs and chavettes of the country - the families they pick are hard working, every cliché under the sun but who have suffered a death/injury/hardship and are living in reduced circumstances. Generally the families involved have been working in their local community and are well respected. Often a member of the family will be ill and require special features - for example if they have recently been injured and are in a wheelchair. If any disability or illness is part of the family, the show always calls in experts or celebrities to talk about it.

          If you can take the cheese factor (lots of shots of designers looking misty eyed, calling the family "brave/amazing/talented etc" and "I want to do the best for them"), the programme is genuinely heart warming. I do defy anyone to watch it without getting even a little misty eyed.

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            11.04.2010 02:16
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            Get the tissues out this may make you cry

            I first saw Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when I was living with my grandparents, as it was something they loved to watch a lot, and I really got into it. It is shown on Sky channel Discovery Home, and you can usually find a few episodes back to back, which is great if you like to watch it as much as I do.

            The basis of the show is a group of workers and designers go to a family's home, send them on holiday, and build them a new house in 7 days. These families are not just picked at random, they have to apply to ABC (the producing channel) to have their house rebuilt (or actually made over!) and there is usually quite a sad story as to why this family deserve to have the home makeover. The stories are anything from being very over crowded all the way up to family members dying from cancer or war.

            There have been make overs for families who have disabled or ill children, people who have a very tiny house and lots of family that just can not fit into the home they have. They have even rebuilt a whole community once or twice, because the state of the homes were just past the state of any repair.

            Usually the homes in question are torn down, and a whole new, beautiful house is put in its place. The best part of some of the shows is the demolition of the old house, one was even blown up with dynamite!

            These new houses are totally amazing, with wonderful designs and amazing interiors too. Some of the team used on the shows are interior designers, so the houses always look amazing. The work is done in 7 days, with massive amounts of help from local contracters and neighbours. They have people helping with everything from picking out weeds from the yard, to loading new furniture into the house.

            Most of the kids that appear on the show get themed bedrooms, which are usually the project of one designer per room. I have seen some amazing rooms, like basketball rooms, rollercoaster rooms, spy rooms, science lab rooms and much much more. Whatever that child is majorally into, their room is themed around it, and they have some amazing stuff in there, one kid had a rollercoaster seat on his wall!

            The parents bedrooms (master bedrooms) are usually made in a beautiful elegant style with wonderful decorating and they have their own en-suite bathrooms, which look like they belong in a spa they are that fantastic. These rooms are usually made as a haven for the parent or parents to relax in when they just need some time to themselves.

            Everything in the house is fantastic to be honest, from amazing kitchens with massive cookers and fridges, lifts in houses for disabled children who can not use stairs, air filters for very sick children, games room for kids, workshops for some of the Dads and much more besides. Everything you could ever need, or want, is usually put in to these houses, all surrounded by fantastic decor that I would love in my home.

            The whole show is hosted by a designer called Ty Pennington, who is loud, excited at life and so full of engery it can be exhausting just watching him, but he makes the show so much more awesome than it already is. He is one of those guys who never seems to relax, always running around doing something and being enthusiastic about anything and everything! Some people will hate him, but I think he is great lol.

            Most of the time the same designers are on the show, but the line up has been known to change from time to time. I have only ever seen once when a house wasn't quite finished in the 7 day time, but they just kept the family on holiday an extra day. The reason this house was not done in time, was due to the fact they actually built them a second house, so that the family could still be together, but in their own homes.

            This show can quite emotional, and I have been known to join in with the tears of the people on the programme once in a while, as sometimes you just can not help it. These people are so happy to see what they now get to call home, and they pretty much always cry, as well as get excited and overwhelmed and grateful all at the same time. It really is a whirlwind of emotion as they get to see their new house, and see everything that is inside it. Even the kids have been known to just cry with joy at the new home they have. It really is lovely to see how happy this makes a family, especially the ones who have suffered greatly over the years, and you know it will make their quality of life so much better now, and you can not help but smile when you watch this show, if you are not crying!

            I love to watch this show, and most people I know love watching it to, it really is wonderful to watch, a proper feel good show that you can really get into. I recommend everyone watch this show at least once, although I bet you would not be able to watch it just once, you will find yourself coming back time and time again to watch it, just because it really is a wonderful show.

            Footnote: Yay my 300th review :D

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            Extremely Good to Watch

            In Britain, an Extreme Makeover to our home is normally changing your Kitchen cupboards and then maybe throwing out the carpet and putting down some wooden flooring and adding the obligatory conservatory because Mrs Jones next door has one.

            In America however, Extreme means knocking the house down completely and rebuilding it in 7 days, so it looks nothing like the house that was there before, and is twice as big, almost like a Tardis!

            Families from across America, contact the ABC television network and plead their case for an Extreme Makeover on their home. The most deserving of cases are then visited by Ty Pennington and his design team, to tell them they have won the makeover. The family are then shipped off on vacation while their house is destroyed and re built.

            During the re-build, we learn alot about the families struggles, often learning that they have had to overcome many obstacles, such as death of a family member leaving the father or mother alone with numerous kids, disability, or taking on lots of underprivileged children. They are very deserving families who need a break in life.

            We learn about what the children of the family love to do, and the design team will incorporate their wishes into the design of their bedrooms.

            The whole community suddenly run down the street wearing hard hats and clapping their hands with glee, in an effort to help to build the new home. Hundreds of people appear from nowhere and in 7 days, hey presto, a brand spanking new home appears, fully furnished and gleaming.

            The family return from their vacation and standing before them is a gigantic mobile home and the people of the town, all now weary, shout at the top of their voices 'Move that Bus'. As the bus moves on, it reveals the home and the family see for the first time, their new abode before them. This can, as you can imagine, have a profound effect on them, and leaves alot of not so dry eyes in the house.

            Ty Pennington then shows the new family round their house and the best part is the look on the kids faces, as they see their new bedrooms, magical garden, and sometimes a nice shiny new car.

            It warms the cockles of the heart in a strange way, and leaves me thinking how we would manage such a task here in England. Firstly, how do you knock a terraced house down and re-build it twice as big, and secondly, how many British Builders would it take to rebuild in 7 days. The answer itself is a puzzle!!

            A slightly amended version of this review also appears on Ciao under flashjules123 which is me

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              01.02.2010 16:51
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              A good show worth watching but dont expect makeover tips

              As with all American things this show doesnt do things by halfs. I would class this as a reality show rather than a home makeover just because 9 times out of 10 they actually dont improve the house but tear it down and totally start again.

              The mainstay of the show is a man named Tye Pennington and he has other regular designers that travel around with him. These tend to vary show to show but theres probably around 8 regulars.

              The principle of the show is that Tye and team travel around the country to people who need help. These people are very deserving as despite the problems they have (be it financial, health etc) they dont think about themselves but others instead.

              The houses are usually damp, falling down and generally unfit for human habitation. Tye sends the family on holiday and at this point tends to get great satisfaction in pulling the peoples homes down. Mind you who wouldnt enjoy ripping a dreadful property down knowing that the family will come back to a beautiful new home.

              Usually some big deal is made of demolishing the house along the lines of blowing it up, crushing it to pieces with a massive bulldozer etc.

              Theres a time limit on the length of time given for the job, I think it's about a week. Obviously an impossible task in the norm, but theres usually one or two big companys willing to support this task along with hundreds of volunteer workers.

              You can usually expect something to go wrong ( well it adds to the drama doesnt it) which makes you wonder if all will be finished on time. Inevitably it usually is.

              Tye then brings the family home and the new house is hidden behind a bus. To the cries of "bus driver move that bus" the family get to see their new home for the first time. Plenty of tears and yells of shock.

              This may seem a rather cynical review and I suppose it is. The premise is the same each show - meet person who needs help, send person on hols, build a house, show person new home. Thats not to say however that this show isnt worth watching because it is. I really enjoy the show and seeing various different designs etc. Plus it's always nice to imagine yourself one day living in a house like they build.

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                08.11.2009 17:11
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                A emotional rollercoaster of a show

                Extreme Makeover:Home Edition is an American make over show with a huge difference, fronted by the effervescent Ty Pennington they take a family down on their luck and rebuild their home.

                This show really plays with the emotions, firstly we see the apply family when Ty introduces the family on the way to the family, the makeover team are sat and introduced to the family and why Ty thinks they are worthy of a home makeover.

                Then the mobile home gets to the house and Ty gets his megaphone out and says "HELLO ..... family" and the show begins. The family are packed off to some nice resort for a week and the team destroy their house before totally rebuilding it from scratch.

                2 points here -

                1. Though we never see it, I've always assumed that the family must go around and say please keep that, bin that etc.

                2. The houses with very few exceptions are wood so can be torn down in an amazingly short period of time, and the wod structure put up in an equally short period.

                Then the fun begins, basically the real work is done by some kind of construction firm, they get loads of advertising and all the men have their T-shirts on. The design team are headed by Ty who will personally do one room of the house and there are two designers, a joiner, electrician, gardener etc. They pretty much spend the whole time arguing, debating and discussing the plans overview.

                This show has plenty of opportunities for tweaking the heart strings of the viewer, the family always has a hard luck story and certain aspects of the rebuild always take that into account. Especially relevant are the episodes where one of the parents has died and the design crew use very personal items in the rebuild of the house, so if the dad loved painting some of the paintings will be incorporated into the new rooms etc.

                This show is endlessly replayed on the UK style channels, once I came down and my wife put on an episode I like it but I was busy on the computer and looked up and she was in tears and came out with the classic comment "I only put it on for a good cry"

                This show certainly gives you that, but its better than just a bit of sentimental fluff. The show tells stories about the families, fronted by the very likeable Ty, he's a bit of hot stuff according to my wife, the designers rarely get through an episode without crying, particullarly the slightly grizzled electrician Paul. There is usually a chance for the constructors to be generous, giving the house mortgage free or giving the kids university scholarships.

                Then we come to the finish of the house, and the family returns in a limousine and pulls up behind the big mobile home giving Ty a chance to shout along with most of the neighbours and all the construction workers.

                "Bus driver, move that bus" giving the family a chance to see their new house.

                We are then presented with the house and the house is presented to the family, there are of course lots of shots of before and after and lots of crying from the family, friends, Ty and co and the workers.

                There are plenty of chances for the designers to delight the house owners, lots of chance for celebrity pull ins, weird and wacky room designs especially for any rooms for the children and a chance for the family to be given a fresh chance of life.

                I like this show and love the enjoy given by Ty and the families tend to be worthy of help.

                A few points

                1. Each house must cost a fortune
                2. Theres loads of adventising for the construction firms, suppliers of the house etc
                3. Ty will take his shirt off at some point in the show
                4. The family are always sent to some kind of theme park type holiday

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                  25.04.2009 14:48
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                  worth a watch

                  Extreme makeover does exactly what it says on the tin so to speek, it is a show that completely rebuilds a new house.

                  The show is made in America and is aired on sky tv on uk style channel 246 and 247 and is on at various times most days.

                  The programme starts off by showing you the families homes before the makeover and the conditions they put up with and live in, some are really bad. The host Ty and his crew then show you what the plans for the new home. Then they call in the bulldozers and completely demolish the house, I love this part of the show it just get stuck in and ripped to pieces.

                  You are then shown the start of the new building, which doesnt take them long at all, not like it would be in England it would take us months to build!!

                  It is now time for the big reveal, the families are taken round their brand new home and shown each room, the kids faces are the best they just cannot believe such special things are done fo them.

                  The families that this is done for each have very sad stories as to why they need this, I saw one this morning and it was about a family, they had three children, two girls and one boy, the two girls were both in wheelchairs and their mother literally had to carry them into each room of their house because the home they lived in had stairs everywhere and the wheelchairs could not go into the rooms as it was too heavy, the children were getting too heavy to be lifted and the mother was becoming ill herself due to the carrying everywhere, she also had to get up two times a night to check on her oldest daughter because she had a condition that could make her stop breathing, so the mother used to go in and check she has her oxygen still in place.

                  I always end up crying at some of the stories and in the end the faces of the families is lovely when they see their brand new home.

                  As with anything American this show is BIG and sometimes a little over the top, but I watch it because of the lovely stories with a happy ending, but it is not a show I could watch everyday as it would get on my nerves I think, because of the hyper crew and over the top hysteria, but to watch it now and then makes it quite good viewing.

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                    18.01.2009 22:18
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                    Watch and wish someone would build you a dream home!

                    Extreme makeover: Home edition is totally addictive TV. This takes the concept of DIY makeover shows that was done to death in the 90s, eg Changing Rooms, Home Front, DIY SOS, and supersizes the concept. The team send away a deserving family for a week - and build them a new house while they are on holiday!

                    The style and scale are absolutely amazing - they really go all out to build people absolutely amazing new homes. The decor in the living rooms, and for adult bedrooms is always stunning - but they go crazy with themes for the kids rooms. I often think the faces of teenagers give away the fact that they would have preferred a more normal effort than the crazily themed efforts produced - but everyone is more than happy.

                    There is loads of product placement in this show - as the famlies are given furniture, cars, scholarships and mortgage payments by various companies - but being in the UK and away from these brands and shops makes it less annoying.

                    I love seeing the transformation - but the format treats you as if you have the attention span of a gnat - every five minutes there's either a recap or a 'coming up'. It'd be an even better show if it was edited down to half hour slots.

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                      wany to uo gread my home

                      Mi Nombre Irma Baker yo soy mexicana estoy casada con David Baker Tenemos 4 hijos Edgar, Isai,Daniel,Samuel ase 2 anos compramos nustra casa con mucho problemas porque nadie nos queria darelprestamo porque el debe manotesion de sus hijos pero alquien nosalludo para poder ser nuestro sueno realidad pero a hora tenemos otro problema notenemo dinero para poder renovar nuestra casa 4hijos esmui duro yeldinero que el gana no nosalcansa para nada la casa nesesita muchas cosas para areglarla yoles pido con todo mi corazon que mealluden yo evisto en la telvision como le yudan alas personas que tienen problemas yosoy una mabre quiere lo mejor para sus hijos por fabor yo nesito que me a yuden please . edgar quire sucuarto con jugadores de futbol ,isai tambien ,daniel carros police ,samuel my little baby el quiere blue bub bles por favor alludeme aser nuetro sueyo realidad poner una sonrrisa en la cara de mishijos

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                        RECOMMENDED WITH 5 STARS

                        The name of this show totally gives away the magnitude of it. Extreme, sums up everything that occurs on this programme and it really is a brilliant idea and one that I love to watch.

                        How many of you have seen Changing Rooms or DIY SoS? Lots and lots I expect. Well imagine one of these programmes but magnified about a thousand times in budget and vision and you have Extreme Makeover – Home Edition.

                        It is in essence an American makeover show for the home of choice that week, but the people who write into the show to have their homes made over are chosen through their stories of courage, determination or bereavement and the team make over the house in order to relieve the family of some kind of weight and make things easier for them. For instance the family chosen on the last show I watched was a mother, with three young sons. She had lost her husband and eldest son in a car crash about a year previously and the home they lived in was falling into disrepair, as her husband was no longer around to continue with the renovation project they started.

                        It always begins with the family being surprised at their home, by Ty Pennington, the team leader, and the rest of the design and labour team. Once the walk through of the existing house is finished, the family are sent off in a limo for a week’s holiday in Disney World, which is usually an amazing moment in itself as the kids are so excited.

                        Once they are safely out of eyeshot, the team move in and begin the makeover. In my experience, the makeover is never really short of a complete redesign of the house and on more than one occasion I have seen them completely demolish a house and start again. In the homes where they are rebuilding the insides only, they certainly go to town to make it a wonderful house to live in.

                        Nothing seems to be out of range, from cost right through to expertise of getting the job done and this certainly makes for exciting and amazing viewing on the audience’s part. I really love to watch all the fascinating pieces of furniture that are created, either from recycled pieces of the old house or from new materials. For instance I have seen them create a gorgeous family table from the wood pulled from the walls of the old home. It was large and chunky and absolutely beautiful, and not only with it’s physical beauty but the memories it would have attached to it for the family will be with them forever.

                        The Extreme Makeover team are always significantly thoughtful to the position of the family and they design the new home around their exact needs. For example, if they family had small children, the team would take the time to find out what sort of things they were into and then build a fun design based on those ideas. In the last show the boys were into their BMX bikes and so they built an entire BMX track and ramp feature in the back garden, within eyesight of the house. This is so typical of the kind of thing that they do on this show and it is usually a very emotional process to watch.

                        Ty, the leader, always takes on a room as his special project and its overhaul is usually kept a secret until the reveal at the end. This makes me think he is a bit pompous to be honest and loves himself a bit too much, simply because his room is, in my opinion, not any better in design, style or expertise than the rest of the house. Maybe it is because he is the team leader that he gets his own project but I do feel this is a bit of a pointless addition to the show.

                        Some of the makeovers really are of a fantastic nature and the families living there are in for such a huge treat when they return. Some of the most amazing ones are when the redesign enables someone who had a huge difficulty in daily living before, coming home to a house that enables them to do things that others take for granted. There are numerous examples of this through the show but one of my favourites was the family whose father/husband was blinded during an accident. He was just about managing to get used to things without his sight, but it was still a daily challenge for him and the rest of the family. The makeover team designed their house so that all the flooring on the ground floor was carpeted, except for one pathway, which led round the entire downstairs of the house. It meant he could follow the path, simply by the feel of the different material under his feet and make his way around independently. They also added different textures to each doorway, so when he arrived at a doorway and felt “cork” for instance, he would know he was at the kitchen.

                        And it doesn’t just stop at amazing decorative ideas either. They always seem to add the latest technology for the family as well. This could mean a voice activated lighting system for the man who lost his sight or a specially created garden with an innovative marquee covering that allows the light to penetrate but filters out the UV rays, for the girls who were allergic to the sunlight and could not go outside.

                        Top all the structural changes and technology with superb decoration skills and brand new furniture and you have an extreme makeover. Of course there is usually a new car/tractor/combine harvester in the newly built barn/garage to go along with the new house and occasionally a college placement paid for or simply some good old cash to help maintain their new lifestyle as well.

                        The family return from their weeks holiday and their new home is always hidden from view by a massive bus and one of the show’s taglines is “Move That Bus!”, which Ty and the crowd that has gathered at the new home all shout at the top of their lungs, or in Ty’s case through his megaphone. The bus moves and the family are shown around their new luxurious dwelling and for me this is when the tears start.

                        It is so emotional and the families really are grateful for the amazing opportunity and gift they have been given and it is not, in my opinion, acted or phoney and the feelings and sentiments expressed by the families are real and genuine and this will never fail to set me off.

                        For me this is a show about giving families who are in need, a little hope and determination for the future and although thousands are spent on each project I feel they genuinely deserve everything they are given. It is a really nice, feel good show and always leaves me with tears in my eyes and a sigh of contentedness in my throat. It is extreme and it is definitely American but it never seems to be over the top for some reason. I think maybe because the recipients of the good deeds and the money it takes to pull it off are worthy of every minute and every penny spent on them and it certainly feels good to see them looking at awe at their new home.

                        Extreme Makeover – Home Edition is shown on UK TV Style in England so if you have sky or freeview, cable or any other package that gives you access to this channel I can highly recommend this unique makeover show. It’s certainly a step up from Changing Rooms!

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                          heartfelt, human and warms the cockles of your heart.

                          My wife introduced me to this programme sometime last year and I have loved it ever since. It is refreshing to know there are big-hearted people in the world who are prepared to give up their time to help others. There are so many people less fortunate outh there who just need a helping hand and this programme personifies this. It starts with an introduction to the family by the host and then we meet the family who live in a 'shack' made of wood with their 6 kids. Most of the families on the show have lost a loved one or one of the kids has cancer which is primarily why they are chosen. The team then introduce themselves to the family who then get to go on holiday while their house is demolished to be rebuilt in a week. The programme is a must see for DIY ideas especially when it comes to the brainstorming session the team have with each other. The local people also chip in and then a group of 50+ end up working 24 hours a day to finish the house for the big day. The host then takes the family up to the house, which is blocked by a big bus, and then voila the most beautiful house appears. The family is then shown around their new house room by room with before and after shots to give us, the viewer, an idea of what it was like and how it is going to be for them in the future. I definitely suggest watching it...

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                            15.02.2006 11:09
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                            House renovation.....extreme style!

                            For many years we have had inflicted upon us cheap and tatty DIY shows, such as Changing rooms (budget around £500), DIY SOS, hardly cutting edge design here, Home Front (bit better but still with Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen), Ground Force and a variety of other home makeover programmes. Imagine if you could scrap all of these programmes and erase them from your memory. Take a slightly better class of design programme, Grand Designs for example. Now condense the process into 7 days, add a tear jerking story to the build, get loads of free stuff and an annoying American to present it and there you go. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

                            Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is fronted by Ty Pennington who started life on the American version of Changing Rooms 'Trading Spaces'. Ty is assisted by a whole host of regulars including Paul DiMeo, who is a carpenter and always seems to have too many things to do. Paul frequently is in tears at the end of the show. Paige, Tanya, Constance and Tracy make up the female contingent for the show alongside Michael, Ed, Preston and Eduardo (who was a recording artist). Not all of the designers and carpenters etc. are found on site at the same time, there is a rotation of team members but Ty is the constant presence.

                            The show is basically people doing good things for other people. If you want to get on the show you should be seen to be really deserving in my opinion. Families that have appeared on the show have experienced a myriad of woes, including deaths in the family, major illnesses, redundancies meaning that the family cannot afford to live. This story taken from the abc network website is the kind of thing you will be confronted with:


                            Glen and Jennifer Elcano were living their dream. They used to spend practically 24 hours a day together running and operating their small family farm in Bakersfield, California. He would harvest feed and hay while she drove the bale truck behind him. Then, one fateful day, Glen was driving home from making a delivery to another local farm when a car pulled out in front of him. He was killed instantly in the accident. Now Jennifer and her two young children are barely managing the farm on their own. She and the kids have hardly had time to mourn Glen's death, much less to keep the farm running or make repairs to their small 100-year-old dilapidated farmhouse.


                            Of course there are some stories that are heart-warming because they are examples of families that have done good things for other people and who deserve something in return although there is always a problem with their house as well.


                            Kassandra Okvath, who lives with her family in Gilbert, Arizona, has battled cancer since doctors discovered a tumor in her kidney in 2003. While Kassandra was fighting for her life, her mother, Nichol, moved from their home to be nearer her daughter. Meanwhile Kassandra's father, Bryan, lost his truck-driving job for missing work during his daughter's illness.
                            In the video she sent to the show's producers, Kassandra's simple, selfless request was that she wished that the children struggling with illness at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona -- where she has been receiving treatment -- might be given something very special. She asked if the walls of the hospital could be painted for sick kids because, as she said, "Sometimes that's the last things they see."


                            Obviously the family went to paint the hospital with some workers and the team moved in to re-build the family home under the pretence of just redecorating it!

                            The format of the show is always the same; the designers watch the application video which often results in a few shed tears from the design team. The team then pull up to the house in a coach early in the morning and proceed to wake up the family with a megaphone. Personally I don't think that the families are that surprised but you never know they may not have seen a full sized luxury coach pull up outside their front door! Nevertheless they all seem ecstatic when they come spilling out of the house.

                            The family are sent away on a luxury holiday and then the fun begins. What follows next is varying degrees of carnage and destruction the house is demolished in its entirety or just partially. A contractor comes in and starts to re-build or extend what's left and the team put in the finishing touches. What we are then left with is usually a magnificent home that will take your breath away and then the family comes home.

                            The popularity of this show in America must be huge as there are always loads of members of the public waiting on the other side of the road for the family to come home. When the family get home the view to their house is blocked by aforementioned luxury coach and the crowd start the chant of 'Move the bus, move that bus!

                            What follows then is more often than not a flood of emotion from the family and a lip biting, wobbly bottom lip from me. Without fail this programme always makes me slightly emotional and more often than not I have an escapee form a tear duct! After the family has been shown around their new pad the guys at abc bring out the big boys and spring a few last surprises on the family, previously this has been a college fund for the kids, the mortgage payed off, cheques for $50,000 for bills and stuff and new trucks or cars. The most memorable was the story above (the farm one) where all of neighbouring farms reseeded the hay fields for the family and filled their barn with hay bales so they could stay in business.

                            So basically what we have is a renovation show with a difference, the people are needier and the team are shinier, happier people than their British counterparts. The whole show generally has a lot more polish than something like Changing Rooms for example, in addition, there are obviously lots of free things given to the show as they seem to have a great deal of free advertising or product placement for a variety of items. The most notable of these is Sears.

                            I don't begrudge this show it's popularity. The presenters are often heard saying that it's not about making the biggest most expensive and extravagant house (although some of them are) but more about making a difference to the families and I for one can't fault it on this. What does get under my skin is Ty with his megaphone screaming about how they only have 2 hours left until the family get home, work work work!!! To me this goes a bit far and you don't need this extra bit of tension thrown into the mix of what is already an emotional show. It just becomes a little bit too much for me and I often end up wanting to stick the megaphone where the sun doesn't shine.

                            For more information and some background on some of the families you might have seen on the show please visit http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index.html?ad=EMHE

                            If you just want to watch the show check out UK TV style where it is shown at least once a week around 8 or 9 pm, make sure you have some tissues handy though. For those of you who just can't get enough of the show you can now catch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, How'd they do that at various times on UK TV Style as well where you get to see a bit of the work that goes on in the background that doesn't make it to the final edit of the main show.

                            All in all I give this programme 4 stars for making a difference to peoples lives, if there was no megaphone it might have sneaked 5 stars but alas, it was not to be.

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