Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Cancelled, No Season 10 But…

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition canceledAll good things must come to an end and it’s certainly been a good run for Ty Pennington and company on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. ABC has announced that the venerable reality series is wrapping up on January 13th with its 200th episode. The show will be helping to rebuild seven homes that were destroyed by tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri.

The cancellation doesn’t come as a big surprise considering the show’s number of years on the air and the sagging ratings. This season, ABC shuffled the series to Friday nights to make room for a new show, Once Upon a Time. It’s currently averaging a poor 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.5 million viewers.

Though EM:HE is ending as a regular series, the network says that they plan to bring the crew back together for specials in the future.

Here’s the press release from ABC:


Nine Seasons Conclude with Historic, 200th Episode from Tornado-Ravaged Joplin, Missouri

“EM:HE” Will Return with Specials After This Season

The heart-tugging original feel-good series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” concludes its 9th and final season on ABC with two episodes in January 2012, including its biggest-ever build — the 200th episode, in which the team builds 7 homes in 7 days for tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri. The final two regularly scheduled episodes, “Gibbs Family” and “Joplin, Missouri,” will air January 6 and January 13, respectively (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will continue on ABC with specials after this season.

During its run, the quintessential feel-good reality show transformed the lives of thousands of deserving families and galvanized communities and businesses to help their neighbors in need. “EM:HE” also put a spotlight on causes that touched these families, ranging from the treatment of serious illnesses or accident victims and the importance of foster care and adoption, to helping veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and the plight of the homeless, to campaigning against texting while driving and building coalitions to end bullying. Celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama, Elton John, Robin Williams, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Glenn Close, Tyler Perry, Mary J Blige, Carrie Underwood, David Duchovny, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Usher, KISS, Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Derek Jeter are among the many who “got on the bus” over the years to join the show. In addition, the series won multiple Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program, received six Emmy nominations, won two People’s Choice Awards and an NAACP Image Award, as well as many additional honors.

As the series traveled to all 50 states, the team designed and re-built over 200 state of the art homes, and didn’t stop there, also tackling firehouses, schools, daycares, soup kitchens, Little League fields, free clinics, churches, food and clothing shelters, summer camps, community centers, dormitories, parks, teen centers, homeless shelters, animal shelters, dance studios, therapeutic riding centers and much more. A typical build attracted 3,000-5,000 volunteers, for a total of over one million people sacrificing their time to build for their neighbors. “EM:HE” held blood drives along with the American Red Cross and collected life-saving blood for over 20,000 people to date. For each build, they’d fill an average of three food pantries for those in need. In Toledo, Ohio, they collected three truck-loads of school supplies, clothes and food for Haiti. In Indianapolis, Indiana, the builder made over six blocks surrounding the inner city location of the show’s build site. In Salem Oregon, “EM:HE” worked with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to supply over 150 hearing aids to children from the Oregon School for the Deaf and their families. In Buffalo, New York, with the help of Americorps, volunteers finished over 100 projects for inner city homes. More than 50,000 people from all 50 states took the pledge to stop texting while driving. And over 140,000 people took a stand to end bullying.

The final two episodes are:
“Gibbs Family” — On Friday, January 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” travels to Fayette County, Iowa to surprise the Gibbs family, and musician Bret Michaels appears in this episode. Audrey Gibbs is a mother, a widow, a farm owner and a maternal optimist who won’t let anything stop her from raising her six children, not even her blindness and her battle with a potentially fatal condition. Seven months after her husband died, Audrey had a brain aneurism that affected a quarter of her brain – leaving her legally blind. The doctors cannot say if she is going to lose her sight completely or even if she is going to live or die. Audrey has always been pragmatic and has no time for self-pity. She is passionately committed to doing whatever it takes to raise her kids. Realizing she could not continue working as a cosmetologist, she decided to attend massage therapy classes, as she knew it was a career she could still practice after losing her sight. However, Audrey does worry about what will happen to her kids, should the worst happen. The Gibbs family own and live on a farm which they rent portions of to local farmers for additional income. Their farmhouse is in need of significant repair, with no working toilet, a ceiling that’s caving in and a layout that doesn’t work for the family at all– especially for Audrey, if she loses her eyesight completely. The “EM:HE” design team has just seven days to build a brand new home for the Gibbs. The family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Sabrina Soto, Jeff Dye and local builders Larson Construction Company, Inc., as well as community volunteers, build the structure. This episode will air Friday, January 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Joplin, Missouri” — In October 2011, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, to celebrate its 200th episode in historic fashion. The show surprised an unprecedented 7 families with the door knock that changes lives, and the “EM:HE” design team and a volunteer “army” of 13,000 people, along with the builders, will create 7 beautiful homes in just 7 days. In addition, they refurbished a local park, created a new playground and a poignant memorial site to those volunteers who came to the aid of others during and after the tornado. Celebrities who got involved with this episode include LA Laker Kobe Bryant, Kansas City Chiefs’ matt Cassel and Clark Hunt, as well as “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion. This episode will air Friday, January 13, (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

On May 22, 2011, a catastrophic tornado ravaged the town of Joplin, killing approximately 160 people and destroying nearly 8,000 houses. This will be the biggest build ever for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” – 7 homes will be built for 7 deserving families. Some of the Joplin families lost friends, some lost children, and all lost their homes.

The parents and children from all 7 of the Joplin families were whisked away on a dream vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney and Tracy Hutson, along with Sam Clifton from Millstone Custom Homes, who is lead builder for 21 builders, and approximately 13,000 Volunteers and community volunteers build the structures and work on the local park. These are the stories of the seven families:

The Howard Family
Kyle, the father and a Joplin fireman, was at work at the fire station during the storm and spent the first two hours after the tornado not knowing if his wife and kids had made it out alive. He made many stops along the way home, through the rubble, rescuing trapped victims and tending to injured members of the community. Meanwhile Jill and their children, Konnor, Korbin and Kaleb, huddled in a closet. A door landed on top of them, which they used to deflect the debris. This ultimately saved their lives. After the storm, they had no idea if Kyle was alive, but eventually the family, along with older son Keenan, who was out of town at the time, was reunited. Jill sustained minor injuries, but their home was completely destroyed.

The Nevins Family
Kari and Justin Nevins love Joplin and prior to the tornado, their home was known as “the neighborhood’s house,” where kids could play, have refreshments and hang out. Kari is part of Bright Futures, a, organization whose goal it is to increase graduation rates through teaming with businesses and faith-based partners to provide for the needs of students. The parents, along with their children, Uriah, Avery, Cana and Rhoen, ran to the cellar. As they huddled together, they felt the force of the tornado as it ripped apart their house. After making sure his family was safe, Justin immediately started helping others by searching and digging neighbors out of the destruction. The tornado not only destroyed their home, it also destroyed the entire neighborhood and school Kari worked so hard to help. Without a home, the Nevins are now staying in a rental home 17 miles outside Joplin, as they try to piece back their lives, but they want to come back.

The Cogdill Family
Single mom Crystal Cogdill works for the Joplin Housing Authority. She has a passion for helping people find housing, but in a cruel twist, now finds herself homeless. In the tornado, Crystal lost her 9-year-old son, Zach Treadwell. Upon hearing the sirens, she hustled her kids inside the house and, following her emergency plan, huddled with them in the bathtub. As the home came apart around them, she felt her grip on her children weakening. The storm eventually overpowered her and ripped the kids from her arms. When she next saw Zach, his lifeless body was pinned beneath a utility pole. Stunned, Crystal finds her friend (also named Crystal). The two friends soon make a horrifying discovery; both of them have lost children to one of the most devastating weather events this nation has ever endured. Currently, Crystal Cogdill lives with friends and has begun the process of starting over.

The Whitely Family
Before the storm, Crystal Whitely was the ultimate single mother taking care of her three kids and working as a personal care aid. Crystal loved working with her clients that were disabled and elderly, but her kids are her life. The night of the storm, the whole family took cover in the bathtub, but moments later, the house was pulled off its foundation. Though she tried desperately to hang on to them, 10-year-old Shante and 6-year-old Trentan were ripped from Crystal’s arms. Only Crystal and her 4-year-old daughter, Keana, survived.

The Walters Family
In 2006, Tom and Emily Walters bought a house with dreams of raising their family in the beautiful, small town of Joplin. Emily is a nurse, and Tom a coach and teacher. Together they dedicated their lives to helping and nurturing the happiness and well-being of others. When the siren sounded on May 22nd, the family didn’t realize what was coming their way. It started hailing and then, all of a sudden, it got worse. They ran to the bathtub. Huddled together, feeling the roof rip off and objects hurling around, 9-year-old daughter Chloe cried out to her mom and dad, “Don’t let me die!” Feeling helpless, all Tom and Emily could do was pray with Chloe and ride out the storm. As soon as it passed, Tom and Emily knew people in the neighborhood would need help. After making sure their daughter was safe with a neighbor, they ran down to a nursing home that had caved in and began digging people out. Along with others, Tom and Emily helped rescue several people. With their home destroyed and unable to be rebuilt, they’ve moved from place to place.

The Nguyen Family
Thang Nguyen (pronounced “win”) came to the U.S. in search of the American dream. Thang was in the Vietnamese Air Force and fought alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, he was able to move to the U.S. with his family and took a job with General Mills in Joplin. He was on the verge of retirement when the May 22nd tornado took away his dream. That Sunday night, Thang had a craving for seafood. Though his wife, Tiffany, had already prepared dinner, Thang convinced her to go out to eat at a local seafood restaurant. It was lucky for them that she gave in. The tornado missed the restaurant but tore apart their home. Had they stayed in that night, they may not have survived. The Nguyens had been living with Tiffany’s daughter, Sara, and their granddaughter, Alex. The Nguyens received help from a local church and are living in an apartment funded by insurance. However the lease will be up in December, and Thang and Tiffany will be left with no place to live.

The Gonzalez Family
Having both been divorced, Natalie and Scott (who live with Natalie’s son, Augie) didn’t think they would remarry. But when the tornado took their home, they changed their minds. Before moving to Joplin, Natalie lived in California and once saw a special about earthquakes. She learned that putting a bicycle helmet on your child’s head could save his/her life. When the tornado hit, the family huddled in their bathtub, with Scott on top holding on to a mattress and Augie wearing a bicycle helmet. The roof flew off, and suddenly the Gonzalez family was facing the full brunt of the tornado. Scott was picked up off the family and thrown back down in the bathroom. A toilet from the second bathroom flew through the air and hit Augie. The bicycle helmet he was wearing shattered to pieces but saved Augie’s life. Natalie was pelted with debris while trying to protect her son, severely hurting her back. While up in the air, Scott watched his family. It was at this moment that he realized, if they all survived, he wanted to marry Natalie and become a legal stepfather to Augie. When the wind started to calm down, Natalie realized they were in the eye of the tornado and their house was gone. Realizing they wouldn’t survive the second wave, Natalie and her family rushed over to a drainage ditch to find cover. Watching Scott carrying her son with his good arm (the other suffering a compound fracture), Natalie knew Scott would be her husband. They survived the tornado, broken and without a home, but their family had grown stronger and closer. Scott proposed to Natalie a few weeks later, and now the family would like to start over. They’re currently living in a rental outside of town, but the family loves Joplin and plans on driving Augie back for school.

“EM:HE” is produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America.

What do you think? Will you miss Ty and the crew or do you think this TV series has run its course? Should they do a full ninth season or are occasional specials enough?

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43 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Alex says

    revenge, OUAT, Castle are good shows.

    OUAT is there highest rated new show and one of their hightest rated shows.
    revenge is doing good in a time slot which hasn’t done very well in rencent years
    OUAT and Revenge were liked/loved by critics and are watched by a lot of people.

    EMHE is watched by 4 or 5 million people not 9 million.

    EMHE is a realy good show and show not have been canceled but none of those other shows I named should be canceled yet either.

  2. Anonymous says

    Keep Extreme Makeover Home Edition and let shows like Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Castle, etc., GO! ABC says they let it go because the ratings dropped from 16 million to 9 million. Don’t the 9 million people have a choice. Those 9 million help the ABC network and those 9 million people visit the Florida and California Amusement parks and resorts. What if those 9 million people stopped visiting those parks and resorts.

  3. Jennifer says

    I actually volunteered as a contractor for this show when it came to town. It was THE MOST rewarding thing I have ever been involved with. What ABC doesn’t realize is that it’s not all about TV. Sometimes it’s about the real world and this show let average every day people make a super real difference in the lives of their neighbors not just watch a stupid show about crazy people swapping wives or whatever.
    Maybe Ty Pennington was tired of doing it since it seems like he has two new shows coming out and I also guess it probably cost a ton of money to produce but I wish there was someone out there to pick it up and not let it die – it was such an amazing living-breathing-thing.

  4. M says

    Too most everything there is an end, and so, unfortunately, this one is ending too rather abruptly. It would be nice to keep up with the host, designers, and other major cast on their future endeavors.

  5. Shocked and confused!!! says

    I do not understand why ABC has decided that it is time for EMHE to be taken off the air. This show not only helped families in need but it also helped get awareness out there for countless issues that impact our world such as AIDS, autism, PTSD, cancer and many other things. The CEO of ABC obviously is not a viewer themselves otherwise this would not be happening. I don’t see anyone in their right mind cancelling a show that brings so much joy and happiness to so many people around the world. Every time I watch this show I get inspired to do something good, something that will benefit others around me, thats the kind of thing that needs to be spread around our decaying society, not sex, drugs, and murder. Coming from someone who cries at some point during each episode I can assure you that this is definitely a bad decision.

  6. Anthony says

    Bad decision on ABC’s part one of the few reality shows that made sense ! Not to mention the good it does for people in need! Sorry to see it end, should not have changed time-slot!

  7. Why says

    Though the concept seemed wonderful, I never cared much for this show. It seemed too staged and the host was mainly irritating.

  8. Roxi says

    I’m from Joplin, MO and I am so sad to see this show go. We are blessed that they suck around long enough to help our town but I definitely feel for all the families that will now receive no help in their time of need.

  9. KAB says

    I don’t believe this I thought that this would be on forever. They are always helping people come out of rough times and are there when people really need them. They shouldn’t have moved it to Fridays and given their spot to Once Upon a Time. It is great that they are still going to be doing specials but by them doing this less people will be helped. Once Upon a Time seem like it will drag on forever like Lost it will get boring. If we don’t do something it will probably get cancelled like all the others petition if we must. If that is not possible then in the long run Ty Pennington worked double duty more than anybody so big breaks in between builds don’t seem that bad.

  10. Tha Critic says

    cont… I will thank you however for this show and I know that the crew will be blessed for their amazing contributions and all the time they spent being of service to others. But other than Wednesday nights, I just would rather not bother watching ABC.

  11. Tha Critic says

    CONTINUED – … reality shows that showcase nothing but self-centered individuals doing absolutely nothing but wasting the dumb viewer’s time. All these shows do is follow people around, watch them eat, watch them fight and swear, go shopping and get drunk. And even possibly go as far as to watch them have sex. These airwaves today aren’t worth the excrement floating in my toilet as I type this. I’m sorry that you folks at ABC, feel that this show needs to be cancelled, but I don’t think it’s right.

  12. Tha Critic says

    I am absolutely apalled at this callous, STUPID decision made by ABC. I understand that ratings can be a problem but you have really done it now. This show, unlike EVERY OTHER reality show has a heart and a reason for existing. The crew works really hard to bless people with safe, new homes and designs them to help people who may struggle with disabilities and according to what they like. But ALL you care about is DWTS. And you aren’t to blame for the ratings dip. The people who watch all these garbage…

  13. Bernice KELLER says

    My husband and I have watch this wonderful show from the day it first came on.Every time we see one of our favorite show go off,we turn one to another and say well they will be replace with a show that is not decent .For you see the media will give people what they want to see and the moriarty no longer want the decent stuff to be seen. This a ruff and each day we see more and more decaying.I suggest that we who want clean shows stand up for what is right.

    • says

      What a travesty. ABC should have left this show on in it’s original time slot. There are such a bunch of gargage “reality” shows on tx, and yes, including bachelor and bachelorette. ABC should be ashamed of themselves, and double check their demographcis. Twenty somethings are not home watching TV!

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