Extreme Makeover Home Edition: My Favorite TV Show
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is often, but erroneously called Extreme Home Makeover, and it's a reality TV series that aims to provide remodeled homes to lower income families. The ABC show is hosted by carpenter, TV personality and former model Ty Pennington, and every episode focuses on a family that has recently been through a trying time such as a death or long-term illness. The show's production staff coordinates with a construction company from the family's home town, and they in turn coordinate with all the subcontractors needed to renovate or rebuild the home. The makeover is comprehensive, including exterior, landscaping and interior, and the whole job is done in seven days while the family goes on an all-expenses-paid vacation. If the house is deemed to be unsalvageable, it is torn down and a new one is built; the crew and producers perform the makeover with volunteer labor and donated materials. '
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a spin-off of Extreme Makeover, an older series that provided extensive makeovers to people in need; the spin-off has outlasted its predecessor. The show differs from the original Extreme Makeover in that the participants are chosen on the basis of personal or family hardship. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has marked similarities to other home design shows that Ty Pennington has starred in, such as Trading Spaces.
The premise behind the show is this: two episodes are filmed in different cities, a few days apart with two separate production crews and two sets of designers. Pennington commutes back and forth between the two cities to do the knock on the door, the march, and the final reveal, and during that time he finishes work on his personal projects. The amount of work that Ty Pennington and the designers put in depends largely on the amount of filming that has to be done; for smaller or very large makeovers, the team lays out a broader set of ideas for the project, and the backup design team takes over. This practice has garnered criticism for the team; they were accused of not doing any of the actual work and just being there for show.
Two episodes in two different cities are shot at the same time (a few days apart), using two different production crews. There are also two groups of interior designers. Ty Pennington flies back and forth from the cities to do the "door knock", the braveheart march, and the "reveal", as well as to finish up work on his projects, which he mentions and gives walk-throughs in his magazine. The amount of work that Ty and the design team put into the house itself and the projects they take on depends mostly on the amount of filming needed to be done. In some cases, such as larger or smaller makeovers, the backup design team takes over, which has earned a lot of criticism for the show.
Despite all the controversy, Pennington works on the show an average of 240 days per year, while the other designers take different shifts. The show shoots from June all the way through the following March or April- not allowing for much down time. During the time between seasons, the crew sometimes works on preseason shows, and the location management team works ahead of time to select the next makeover site.