Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Underbelly sued

The makers of crime series Underbelly are being sued by a woman who claims that some incidents involving the character based on her never happened. Former NSW policewoman Wendy Hatfield is filing the lawsuit against TCN Channel Nine Ltd for defamation after a previous legal attempt failed to allow her to access to the footage before it screened.

Xzibit joins Extreme Makeover

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus is about to get a whole lot more crowded with news that rapper Xzibit and ex-Bachelorette Jillian Harris are climbing aboard to offer their design services to the show. The pair have previously made guest appearances on the show, but will take up permanent roles next season.

Janet Jackson on Americal Idol?

The American Idol finale already has a bundle of major international talent set to perform on the Thursday night show but the rumour-mill is suggesting Janet Jackson is a possibility to appear. If so she would join Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen and Enrique Iglesias on the three-hour finale.

Smallville team join Charlie’s Angels

The team behind recently cancelled Smallville are jumping behind the new television version of Charlie’s Angels. Executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will take over scripting duties of the Drew Barrymore produced reboot series which is expected to be a fresh take on the Farah Fawcett classic.

Paula Abdul returning to TV

Ex American Idol judge Paula Abdul will return to television on a new talent competition called Got To Dance. Abdul will take up a producer, creative partner, mentor, judge and coach role on the series which will look to find the next big dance talent in a similar fashion to the plethora of existing televised reality competitions already on our screens.

NZ in nightmare TV scenario

New Zealand and North Korea have been named as the “nightmare” pairing for a football World Cup final in terms of television audience. In the unlikely event that the two teams would meet in the final, the worldwide television audience would be worst of all that matchups in the competitions according to research conducted by the tournament’s broadcasters. England versus Brazil would be the most popular audience-wise.

Lost technical hitch

A technical hitch left thousands of UK Lost fans fuming when the screen blacked out during Sky1’s live simulcast of the finale episode. Screening at 5am in order to coincide with the West Coast of the US, the UK channel suffered an unknown technical issue which caused a disruption to the picture. The network has apologised and will re-screen the episode several times during the week.

7:30pm Monday, February 1 on TV2

Ty and his team are in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week, helping out the Martinez family, who have risked of their own family unit to start a neighbourhood transformation, in Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition.

Gerald Martinez lived a comfortable life in the Colorado mountains with his family of seven. Aware though of the increasing trouble in Trumball, Albuquerque, where his parents lived, Martinez decided to make a difference. Offered a job at a local church in Albuquerque, Martinez moved his family to a run-down and condemned duplex, blocks from the church and began transforming the old mechanic shop-turned-church into a refuge for his needy neighbours. Within this warehouse he built a café where people could socialise and get food. He also created a children’s room and day-care facility, and made sure to have a working bathroom with showers that worked so homeless people could have a place to wash off.

The Martinez family harbour a dream of housing for all in the neighbourhood, and with the help of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Gerald and his family will have the opportunity to transform a community and turn their dream into a reality.

7:30pm Monday, October 26 on TV2

A kind-hearted family who pulled together after a tragedy are the 100th lucky family to be helped by Ty Pennington and his team, in TV2’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Vicki and Erik Swenson-Lee were living a normal and financially stable life until tragedy struck on September 22, 2006. Vicki’s sister, Teri Lee, was murdered in her home by Teri’s estranged ex-boyfriend. She left behind four children who are now orphans, because their father was killed in a car accident. The Swenson-Lees invited their four nieces and nephews into their home.

Their current house is too small, and they’re afraid their teachers’ salaries won’t be sufficient to raise eight children. Due to these financial difficulties, Vicki and Erik can’t afford to renovate their home to make it large enough for everyone, so, in part two of a two-part special, Ty and the team arrive to give them the house of their dreams.

7:30pm Monday, August 31 on TV2

Ty and the team return this week for an all new season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy award-winning show that gives deserving families a home makeover, turning their run down house into a home owner’s dream, in seven days.

Opening in Hawaii, the show will travel all across America to visit states it’s never been to, continuing on their mission for family builds in all 50 states over two seasons. There’s nowhere Extreme Makeover: Home Edition won’t go to help a family in need. Expect to see more extreme homes this season, the latest in extreme technology – highlighted by an all ‘green’ build in Arizona – and families with more immediate need for a home than ever before. In addition, there will be a green element on every episode this season, with eco-friendly, low energy and recyclable sources being incorporated into the builds.

Each episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is self-contained and features a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take at least four months to achieve, involving a team of designers, contractors and several hundred workers who have just seven days to totally rebuild an entire house – every single room, plus the exterior and landscaping.

1:30pm Thursday, August 27 on TV2

A large family who can’t afford to live under the same roof will finally get the house of their dreams, in today’s heart-warming edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The Fullerton-Machacek family are a real-life Brady Bunch: both Kenny and Theresa have been married before and have five teenage children between them, though circumstances have kept them from living together. Forced to split their time between Kenny’s run-down and unsafe house and Theresa’s tiny apartment, they desperately want to be a proper family, and the team of experts drop in to build them an incredible brand-new abode. It doesn’t end there, however, as the couple are also whisked away to a fairytale wedding in Paris, taking place on the banks of the Seine.

For more astonishing and emotional transformations, tune in to the brand new series of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which premieres on TV2 next Monday 31 August at 7.30pm.

VIBE – Weeknights from 11 May, 7.30pm

Take one deserving family, a home desperately in need of a renovation, a group of strong-willed designers, and a ridiculously short seven-day construction schedule, and you have the basic dramatic ingredients of Vibe’s new home makeover series.

Each show begins as one deserving family is surprised by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team and flown off to an exciting vacation destination. While the family is gone, a team of designers, as well as a contractor and construction crew numbering in the hundreds, have just seven days to completely renovate their house (a job that would usually take up to three months). And we’re not just talking about slapping on a coat of paint! The design team breaks down walls, guts kitchens, builds second-stories, even constructs pirate ship water slides in the backyard. Add to the mix the volatile creativity of the designers, and there are always fireworks!

Witness struggling families’ dreams come true as Ty Pennington and his team perform miraculous transformations on houses in need of TLC, every weeknight on Vibe.

Monday 12 January, 7.30pm

Tonight, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition helps a single mother of three, who has spent her life giving to others, receive a spectacular new home in just seven days.

As a practicing nurse at a local hospital, single mother Sabrena Jones has never had time to focus on herself. Using her background in nursing, she opened up a medical apparel shop which, after financial setbacks, she now runs out of her living room. In addition to this, she runs her own clothing donation centre, which led to her being selected to serve on a Hurricane Katrina relief committee at her church.

While she’s out serving her community, Sabrena’s house is falling apart. Without financial means, the Jones family have been unable to make the home repairs needed to bring the house up to par.

In this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington and the gang will build Sabrena and her family the home of their dreams, where they can all live comfortably and have some extra space to run a business and help out people in need.

Sunday 26 October, 7.30pm

An ex-Marine who risked his life to save two police officers at the World Trade Centre during the September 11 attacks, will be honoured with a new home in an emotional two part episode of TV2’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

On September 11, 2001, Jason Thomas helped rescue two police officers trapped in the debris from the fallen twin towers. Though he risked his life, he kept his identity a secret, as he felt he deserved no special recognition for his act of bravery. When reporters tracked him down, he hesitantly came forward with his story. Now he is celebrated all over the country.

This hero served his nation in its time of need. Now it’s up to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team to give this family a new home that’s strong and safe.

While the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, local builders, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are building a dream house for the family in a remarkable seven days, the family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.

Monday 1 September, 7.30pm

This week The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team comes to the aid of a family whose mother (LAPD officer Kristina Ripatti) was shot on the job. In a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take months to achieve, a team of designers, builders and hundreds of volunteers, have just seven days to completely renovate an entire house!

Husband and wife Tim and Kristina worked together as police officers in the gang division of the LAPD. They met on the job and are married, with baby daughter, Jordan. Despite the extreme dangers of their jobs, Kristina and Tim are both happy and proud to serve and protect their community. But the dangerous nature of their work became terrifyingly clear recently when Kristina was shot while on duty by a man involved in an armed robbery. Kristina survived the incident, but today is paralyzed from the chest down.
Confined to a wheelchair, Kristina now endures rigorous physical therapy. Because of her condition, the small two-bedroom home that she, Tim and Jordan live in can no longer accommodate them.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington elaborates, “Tim’s mother Jean recently moved in to help the family take care of Jordan, which made their house even tighter. Where they live right now is also not at all accessible for a wheelchair.”

Both Tim and Kristina have served their community; now it’s time for the community and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team to help them out by rebuilding the family a more functional home.

“We can make Kristina’s life easier; we can make things more accessible and maybe give her independence back and enable her to raise her daughter in a house that works for her,” says Ty.

Watch part one of this amazing renovation in action on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Monday night, 7.30pm on TV2.

Monday 1 September, 7.30pm

This week The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team comes to the aid of a family whose mother (LAPD officer Kristina Ripatti) was shot on the job. In a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take months to achieve, a team of designers, builders and hundreds of volunteers, have just seven days to completely renovate an entire house!

Husband and wife Tim and Kristina worked together as police officers in the gang division of the LAPD. They met on the job and are married, with baby daughter, Jordan. Despite the extreme dangers of their jobs, Kristina and Tim are both happy and proud to serve and protect their community. But the dangerous nature of their work became terrifyingly clear recently when Kristina was shot while on duty by a man involved in an armed robbery. Kristina survived the incident, but today is paralyzed from the chest down.
Confined to a wheelchair, Kristina now endures rigorous physical therapy. Because of her condition, the small two-bedroom home that she, Tim and Jordan live in can no longer accommodate them.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington elaborates, “Tim’s mother Jean recently moved in to help the family take care of Jordan, which made their house even tighter. Where they live right now is also not at all accessible for a wheelchair.”

Both Tim and Kristina have served their community; now it’s time for the community and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team to help them out by rebuilding the family a more functional home.

“We can make Kristina’s life easier; we can make things more accessible and maybe give her independence back and enable her to raise her daughter in a house that works for her,” says Ty.

Watch part one of this amazing renovation in action on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Monday night, 7.30pm on TV2.