Hope you like weeping, because HGTV is reviving Extreme Makeover: Home Edition next year
HGTV has announced that it will reboot the popular whole-home renovation show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, with 10 new episodes airing in early 2020.
The show, which originally aired on ABC between 2003 and 2012, locates families who badly need a major home renovation – and who deserve it after life dealt them a tough hand, such as a death in the family, a disaster, illness, or financial troubles. The family is sent on a week-long vacation while a huge army of local contractors and volunteers makeover every inch of the home, inside and out. At the end of each episode, the big reveal takes place when the show’s bus drives away, unblocking the family’s view of their new abode.
While Ty Pennington originally hosted the home renovation favorite, HGTV has not announced the host or any cast for the show – though we do know that Pennington currently hosts another reboot on the network, Trading Spaces. We also know that the network plans on using its own stable of stars to populate the show’s cast:
“HGTV will showcase its own superstar experts in the weekly race to complete a custom, whole home renovation for one deserving family,” it said in a statement.
We also have yet to see how HGTV will confront some of the show’s criticisms and problems, such as leaving families with high utility bills and property taxes, or seeking out families struggling with specific problems.
HGTV announced the series comeback in a 30-second teaser, in which we hear the show’s old tagline, Move that bus! chanted by fans waiting to see a reveal, paired with some pretty typical B-roll footage of house demolition and rebuilding.
“This is a big win for HGTV and we can’t wait to put our stamp on it,” Kathleen Finch, Discovery Inc.’s chief lifestyle brands officer, told People. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was must-see viewing for years because it combined moving stories of families and communities with life-changing home renovations. It’s the type of program that taps into every emotion and it’s the reason it was so popular with everyone in America.”
The show won two Emmys for Best Reality Program in 2005 and 2006. HGTV shared that the show was “television’s highest-rated home renovation series of all time,” with an average audience of almost 16 million viewers during the series’ peak in its second season.
While the show is at least a year away, HGTV had more good news for fans. They’ve acquired 100 of the 200 original episodes and will be airing them in anticipation of the new season.
HGTV is on a renovation series reboot kick recently, in addition to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces, the network is also planning to work with TLC to bring back While You Were Out, which will air on both channels later this year.
Get excited, y’all. Plenty of home reno inspiration coming our way.