HGTV will revive ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

Discovery Inc. wants to rebuild “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” one of TV’s most durable reality concepts.

The company’s HGTV cable network plans to produce 10 new episodes of the former ABC series, featuring some of its many home experts as part of the process. The new episodes are expected to debut in late 2019, and HGTV has also secured the U.S. and Caribbean rights to air 100 episodes of the original series that ran on ABC for nine seasons between 2003 and 2012.

“We like to come up with our own formats and our own ideas, but every now and then, there’s something out there that just makes so much sense form a brand perspective that we have to do it,” says Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery, which last year acquired HGTV when it bought Scripps Networks. “‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ is such an iconic show. It’s an emotional story centered around a house. There is real drama, and real stakes around a home being rebuilt.” At its peak, during the 2004-2005 TV season, the series garnered an average of around 16 million total viewers on Sunday nights.

Ty Pennington, the carpenter and model, gained a wider profile by hosting the original “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Finch says executives have yet to decide upon a host for the new episodes.

HGTV will putter away on the new series as its parent company spends more time locking in talent and formats. In recent months, the company commenced talks with home-improvement gurus Chip and Joanne Gaines about building media properties around them, and struck new deals with people like Ina Garten and Valerie Bertinelli for Food Network. In other cases, the company is devising ways to spread popular series to multiple networks, such as a plan to craft episodes of “While You Were Out” specifically for TLC and HGTV, or creating a home-improvement version of “Say Yes to the Dress,” known for its appearances on TLC, for HGTV.

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As if we needed a reason to love Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively more?! The power couple love the HGTV series so much that they've actually developed a friendship with Chip and Jo. 

"Ryan and I have actually become friendly with Chip and Joanna, and they are just amazing," Blake told People.

How friendly? Blake and Jo apparently email each other all the time. How can we get in on this email chain?!

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Even Taylor Swift can't resist Chip and Jo's charm!

The "Blank Space" singer loves her some "Fixer Upper" and so that means y'all are basically BFFs. 

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Cute! Comedian Leslie Jones gushed about "Fixer Upper" in a sweet Twitter message. She even gave a shoutout to Chip's corny jokes. We're thinking Chip is somewhere giving himself a fist pump for this one:

"Fixer upper I love to watch them rebuild stuff love home improvement shows. Chip always makes me smile"

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When Cher tweets about your show, you know you've made it!

The legendary songstress tweeted about the sweet memories the show brought back from a house in the past. Of course, Chip and Jo replied back that they were "honored."

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Scott Foley's weakness is obviously home renovation shows.

The "Scandal" star loves watching the HGTV series with his family every week, and he even posted this adorable photo while watching.

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Figure skater turned TV personality Johnny Weir would surely give "Fixer Upper" a 10!

Weir gave a shoutout to the couple with some exquisite language: "I watch a lot of @hgtv when I can and I think @TheMagnoliaMom and @chippergaines are so exquisite. Go Texas!"

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Musician Ryan Adams is the ultimate rocker, but did you know he also has a love for interior design?

Mandy Moore's ex-husband made the admission via Twitter: "I <3 #FixerUpper, that show is my shit. So sweet." 

Aww! How cute!

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Double date?

Screenwriter Kurt Sutter and actress Katey Sagal aren't shy about professing their love for the HGTV show:

"@TheMagnoliaMom @chippergaines our favorite new show #FixerUpper @hgtv. You two are f*cking awesome. We wanna hang with you. @KateySagal."

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Kearran Giovanni may star in popular TV show "Major Crimes," but there's only one show she's interested in -- and it's not hers!

She once tweeted: "Can't stop watching #fixerupper who wants to buy a house next door? @themagnoliamom @HGTV."

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Discovery’s Finch in the past has generated much publicity by taking a famous person and bringing him or her to home-improvement programming. In 2014, she devised a plan for a home-renovation series featuring actor William Shatner, and the following year, she unveiled a plan to create a home-renovation series for Mr. T.

The HGTV episodes of the series will be produced by Endemol Shine North, America with Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre serving as executive producers. The company also produced the original version of the program for ABC.

The premise is an easy one to like, and ABC and the Endemol production studio were able to make the most of “Extreme Makeover.” The show centered on a top-to-bottom renovation of a home owned by a family facing hardship. ABC struck a deal with Sears to put Craftsman tools and Kenmore appliances, among other products, into the show.

Executives at Discovery identified “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” as something that would fit well into HGTV’s regular schedule of home-improvement and real-estate programs such as “Property Brothers” and “Love It or List It,” says Finch.

The series “always has been on our list of things to do. We just said, ‘Why not?’ We approached ABC. We approached Endemol. We had a lot of really great conversations and we were able to strike a deal,”  she says. “When viewers hear it’s on, they are going to say, ‘Well, of course.’ It makes perfect sense.” She added: “It was really a pipe dream for a while and we are really looking to make it all come true.” The series will b made available on demand to HGTV subscribers across various platforms, including  the outlet’s mobile app.

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