Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host HGTV’s ‘Extreme Makeover’ revival (EXCLUSIVE)

You don’t need a home-improvement expert to restart “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor best known for his turn as Mitchell Pritchett in the popular sitcom “Modern Family,’ will host HGTV’s ten-episode remodel of the popular home-improvement series, in which families and communities in need of help are given a massive reworking of their homes.
“I was so inspired by the original series and now I can’t wait to help families as the new host of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’” said Ferguson, in a prepared statement.
Ferguson represents a markedly different choice as host of the landmark show, which ran on ABC for nine seasons between 2003 and 2012. Ty Pennington, the carpenter and home-improvement expert, hosted the earlier run. The decision to hand the reins to Ferguson, who has enjoyed turns on Broadway as well as in Taylor Swift’s recent music video for “You Need to Calm Down,” suggests producers are looking for someone who can play up the feel-good aspects of the series, rather than focusing too intently on the nuts and bolts of home repair.
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations on Broadway with Jesse Tyler Ferguson interviewed by Richard Ridge at The Robin Williams Center on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson visits the SiriusXM Studios on July 9, 2018 in New York City.� (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Ian Harvie, Phillip James Brannon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cindy Cheung, Dolly Wells and Talene Monahon during the Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for the Playwrights Horizons world premiere production of 'Log Cabin' on June 25, 2018 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 698 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 18, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Jesse Tyler Ferguson attends the 2018 Public Theater Gala at Delacorte Theater on June 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Jesse Tyler Ferguson attends the Tony Awards Gala at the Plaza on June 10, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Lea Delaria and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend the 2018 Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE Upfront at The Bowery Hotel on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Modern Family' cast members Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy) talk about their favorite scenes from Season 9 of the show with show co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, at an FYC event held Monday (April 16) at the Avalon Hollywood, hosted by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Actors Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, executive producer Steven Levitan and actors Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet arrive at the FYC Event for ABC's 'Modern Family' at Avalon on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita attend the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner, in Los Angeles, California, on March 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Clash of Swords' - Mitchell sneaks out to 'Hero-Con' with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show 'Clash of Swords.' It's great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria's dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door, on the season finale of 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti via Getty Images) ERIC STONESTREET, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0817 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on February 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: (L-R) Kevin Cahoon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Derrick Baskin pose at the Second Stage Theater's Hayes Theater lighting ceremony on February 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Jesse Tyler Ferguson attends the Starlight Children's Foundation's Design-a-Gown event hosted by Michaels on February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Starlight Children's Foundation)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Daddy Issues' - When Gloria's ex-boyfriend Jorge (guest star Gabriel Iglesias) stops by for a visit, his striking resemblance to Manny makes Jay question if he might be Manny's real dad; Phil agonizes over getting the perfect anniversary gift for Claire; Cam and Mitch are out of their depth when Lily gets into a fight at school over bras, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom via Getty Images) ERIC STONESTREET, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS
MODERN FAMILY - 'Royal Visit' - Haley's brilliant astrophysicist boyfriend (guest star Chris Geere) comes to meet the family, setting Claire and Phil off in a competition about which one of them is smarter, making Alex feel self-conscious about her dim but handsome firefighter boyfriend, Bill (Jimmy Tatro). Mitch and Cam go on a yoga retreat, but when Cam finds out his dream team, the Kansas City Royals, is having spring training next door, he can't resist sneaking out, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) ERIC STONESTREET, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (L) and Daniel Levy attend Entertainment Weekly's Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Celebration sponsored by Maybelline New York at Chateau Marmont on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Spanks for the Memories' - When Jay overhears Gloria on the phone talking about spanking, he assumes she is frustrated in the bedroom. When he attempts to light the spark again by giving her exactly what she wants, he realizes he might have made a mistake. Meanwhile, now that Mitchell has an amazing new job, he and Cam throw a party to rub it in Cam's friends' faces so they can no longer give him 'the look of pity,' on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) ERIC STONESTREET, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Jesse Tyler Ferguson volunteers for Thanksgiving Day at Project Angel Food on November 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (R) and Justin Mikita arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards on November 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
“Jesse’s participation as host ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ is one of the ways that HGTV will put its own creative lens on the series,” said Jane Latman, who was named president of HGTV in April, in a statement.. “We’ll make some variations to creative aspects of the show, but it will always deliver the great storytelling that made it one of the most iconic and successful properties in television. Jesse’s a funny guy, with a warm, caring nature who will help us find the humor and joy in every situation, so that will make this a unique viewing experience for everyone.”
Each episode of the series puts a spotlight on local people trying to help someone in their area. HGTV says the home overhauls in the episodes will include interior, exterior and landscaping—all completed within seven days while the family is sent away for the week. The series will showcase builders, designers and landscapers who race against the clock to renovate a home before the family returns from their time away.
At its peak on ABC, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ had an average audience of nearly 16 million viewers.  HGTV will make the series available via its mobile app and other on-demand venues.  HGTV has also secured the U.S. and Caribbean rights to air 100 episodes of the original ABC program.
HGTV had considered an “Extreme Makeover” revival for some time, Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer for the network’s parent company, Discovery, told Variety in January. The series had “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 said “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 new episodes will be produced by Endemol Shine North America with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Michael Heyerman and Brady Connell serving as executive producers. The company also produced the original version of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for ABC.
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