Extreme Makeover

7:30pm Monday, December 3 on TV2

The bus is back!

In the season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, host Ty Pennington takes the team to rebuild the home of the Huber family in Superior, Wisconsin.

Howie Huber is a fireman who has dedicated his life to helping others. After scraping every penny the family could get, he and his wife were able to cancel out their debts but realised they were unable to fix up their home which is now categorically unsafe.

As the family heads to Hawaii, the team moves in and gets to work.

Look out for a special appearance by TV’s favourite middle-of-the-country Mum, Patricia Heaton (TV2’s The Middle), who will try her hand at ‘mucking in’.

7:30pm Monday, January 2 on TV2

In part one of a special two-part Extreme Makeoever: Home Edition we meet every day hero Bernard McFarland, who has worked to reduce violence and school drop-outs in his troubled community, but is living in poverty with his three sons in a house that is not fit to raise children in.

In Indianapolis, Indiana Bernard was a young librarian who learned the power of books and the weight of words. He grew up poor, overcame unimaginable obstacles, graduated from college, joined the military, then returned home to his three sons.

Upon returning, he founded a programme dedicated to expanding dreams of youngsters by forming reading groups and organising field trips to libraries, museums and cultural events throughout the city; all with very limited resources.

But he has been unable to take care of his own home. Holes throughout the ceilings, walls and floors, water damage in the sub-flooring, rusting pipes, corroded wiring and crumbling drywall plague the home in which his three boys all share one room.

With the help of Ty Pennington and the team, witness a special house come together for an inspiring father who has helped so many realise young people realise dreams of their own.

Missed an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the Ondemand link.

7:30pm Monday, December 12 on TV2

Ty Pennington and his team of good-deed designers are back in the heart-warming series Extreme Makeover: The Home Edition, returning tonight to TV2.

The show centres around families who are down on their luck, including financial hardship, life-threatening diseases and victims of natural disasters. Ty and the team head in to either renovate or replace their homes – inside and out – while the family head off on a seven-day vacation.

Tonight the team will meet a mother and two daughters who suffer from combined immunodeficiency disease, requiring them to wear masks inside their rundown, mould-filled Las Vegas home.

7:30pm Monday, December 27 on TV2

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team visit a deserving family in Texas this week, who have had their home destroyed by toxic flood water.

Designer and presenter of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington, believes people find the show inspiring as it demonstrates the spirit of generosity and community. He told Breakfast Television Vancouver, “our show gives you hope that if you go through something hard in life maybe your community that you live in will rally behind you, because it’s not just what we do it’s also what the entire community does.”

When the notion of building a house in seven days was first raised with the carpenter-designer, he found the concept outrageous. Pennington says, “I remember them asking me the question, ‘What do you think about building a house in seven days? Do you think we can do it?’ and I said, ‘No, absolutely not, but that would be a great television show’.”

Although Pennington realises the time restraints of the show are hugely strenuous, he believes when a community pulls together anything is possible. “A lot more goes into it than I think a lot of people realise,” he says. “Because we have such a short production timeline, it’s incredible that we can pull off what we do.”

The giving nature of the show seems to be contagious, and Pennington and his designers are grateful for the positive effect the show has on people. Pennington says, “what’s really cool is some of the families we’ve helped have come out and helped us with other families. They really want to give back what’s been given to them. There’s definitely a pay-it-forward kind of vibe on our show.”

7:30pm Monday, November 15 on TV2

In this week’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty and the design team create hope and possibilities for a man who has been a tower of strength and resilience to many inmates hoping to turn their lives around.

Fifteen years ago, Frank Slaughter was incarcerated for a few days in the same facility where he now works as a corrections officer. At his church he turned his life around and became a deacon. Because of his experience, he believed he would be able to help inmates become successful, caring citizens who could contribute to society. He created a forward-thinking programme to rehabilitate inmates by helping secure employment for them before they’re released.

Frank explains to Ty and the team why he has chosen to reach out to the community he once lived in. “The same jail I was incarcerated in is the same jail I work in now to prove a point that you don’t have to stay where you are,” he says. “You can motivate yourself, or hang around somebody that’s going to motivate you, or teach you, or guide you so that you can do what you need to, to be successful in this life.”

Frank’s full-time supervising sergeant, Captain Flood, has been most impressed with Frank’s achievements. “Slaughter, he does a great job for us, he runs the level five unit which is the hospital, mental health, special-needs inmates, which is a very very difficult part to run,” says Flood.

Even the inmates are grateful to have Frank on board as a mentor. One inmate says, “the thing is care courtesy and control, that’s the three Cs that they operate on here at the [Allegheny County Jail], but [Frank] operates a lot more on the care side. But don’t get me wrong, if it comes down to custody and control he rides with that too.”

Frank and his family, who have given so much to others, now need a little help from Ty and the gang with their home. The Slaughter’s cottage is in poor condition, with severe damage to the roof and one side wrapped in a tarpaulin because of heavy water damage which resulted from a Tornado that ripped through their area a few years ago. With only two bedrooms, all five of Frank’s children share one bedroom and one bathroom.

While Ty, the designers and hundreds of volunteers are rebuilding their home, the Slaughter family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World, where Disney Channel’s The Cheetah Girls show the Slaughter children a day of fun.

7:30pm Monday, October 11 on TV2

Boxing Legends Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman appear on this week’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition travels to Geneva, New York, to renovate the Hill family’s 200-year-old farm house, enabling them to keep and improve their boxing gym for underprivileged teens.

Tim Hill was an aspiring boxer whose dreams were shattered when he broke his back while working on a construction site. Unable to box anymore, he went back to college for a degree in social work and afterwards worked as a counsellor for high school kids. It was during this time that he was inspired to start the Geneva Boxing Team. For over 10 years, Tim has been training kids from the ages of eight to 21 to box for free, and pays all the expenses out of his own pocket.

Tim’s expert training that has produced three Olympic hopefuls. Tim was awarded custody over one of these hopefuls, Aleem Whitfield, who came from a family with 23 children. In addition to Aleem, Tim and Michelle have three children of their own that they’re raising in a 200 year-old farm house that is showing its age. It’s now up to Extreme Makeover host Ty and his designers to grant the Hills’ dream of tearing down their old home and building a small boxing gym to help more kids in need.

To incorporate the theme of the family’s love of boxing, boxing champs Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman taped shout outs for the family for the reveal and Oscar De La Hoya talks to the Hills via video conference.

Host Ty Pennington says it’s a fantastic feeling when you get to make people’s dreams come true. “I’ve got the perfect job. In this particular thing what’s great is everybody wins. The family wins, the builder gets a little bit of exposure, the companies that want to give away their product get that exposure, you know, the ratings are good. You know, everybody wins. In a way it’s the perfect storm for, I don’t know, good television in my opinion, you know. But it’s a hard job. But it’s so worth it because you get to see the gratification immediately. Not only that, you impact someone’s life. You know, you really do make a difference.”

VIBE – Thursday 26 & Friday 27 August, 7.30pm

Vibe will be airing two additional, fascinating behind-the-scenes specials taking a look at what really goes in to making the show, and whether the candidates have maintained their looks. In Secrets of Extreme Makeover, the cameras are turned on the Extreme Team and producers who make it all happen. In Life After Extreme Makeover, stylist Sam Samboura plays host and catches up with the candidates to see where they are now and how their lives have changed.

VIBE – Monday – Thursday from 16 August, 8.30pm

Who among us hasn’t wanted to change something about ourselves?

The original series and phenomenon that catapulted the Extreme Makeover brand to pop culture vernacular is back, as Vibe launches with four special episodes!

Each special will feature the shared makeover journeys of deserving candidates who suffered hardship in their lives due to medical conditions and the stigma associated with their looks.

Look out for special appearances by comedian and talk show host George Lopez (Valentine’s Day), as he surprises one of his staff with a mini-makeover; hairstylist to the stars Kim Vo (Shear Genius); talk show host Regis Philbin (Hope & Faith), and Grammy Award� winning recording artist Missy Elliot, who features as a mentor in the special targeting obese teens.

Following on from the four specials, Vibe goes right back to very beginning of the hit reality phenomenon in which lucky participants are given the chance to go from the proverbial ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. Each participant is given a truly Cinderella/Prince Charming experience, as they are able to have their appearance altered through the skills and expertise of the “Extreme Team”, including a plastic surgeon, a cosmetic dentist and a talented team of hair and makeup artists. Each special episode features two people, and takes us through their transformation process which builds up to their final reveal to family and friends.

7:30pm Monday, August 9 on TV2

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition kicks off its sixth season by building a brand new home for Felicia Jackson, a single mother who is struggling to keep all of her 10 nieces and nephews out of the foster care system.

This year, the show aims to help some unsung heroes, as host Ty Pennington explains.

“For the last five years we’ve travelled round the country meeting great folks who just need a helping hand, and we’ve changed the lives of over 100 families,” he says. “This season, we have a new mission – we’re honouring heroes; everyday people from all walks of life who do extraordinary things.”

One person who meets that description is Felicia Jackson. Four years ago, when Felicia’s sister Cassandra was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she made a promise to keep all 10 of her children together.

“I’m a mother of four, and then one morning I woke up and I’m the mother of 14,” Felicia says. “On her dying bed she asked me to take her 10 children, and since 2004, I’ve been doing it.”

With that one act of kindness, Felicia must now support all the children by working as a security guard at a mall. Unable to afford and find permanent housing, the family are unbelievably living in a hotel, and Felicia was told that, if she doesn’t find appropriate housing soon, she’ll have to split the children up within the foster care system.

“We’re living in a hotel right now because no landlord wants to rent to us, because of the size of my family,” Felicia says. “No matter how many times we apply for housing, we keep getting turned down. My biggest fear is that if I don’t find a place, social services will [split the children up].”

With the community behind her, the county gave her a piece of land with a house that needs major repairs to make it habitable. But with 14 children under one roof, Felicia can’t afford any renovations. Now it’s up to Ty Pennington and the designers to make the needed repairs and help this courageous and loving mother fulfil her sister’s dying wish.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

VIBE – Wednesdays from 11 June, 8.30pm

Be touched by the ‘befores’ and blown away by the ‘afters’ when EXTREME MAKEOVER returns to Wednesday nights on VIBE. Who among us hasn’t wanted to change something about ourselves? Each week, two lucky participants are given the chance to go from the proverbial ugly duckling to beautiful swan in this heart-warming reality makeover show. Each participant is given a truly Cinderella-like experience, as they are able to change their looks through the skills of an “Extreme Team,” including a plastic surgeon, a cosmetic dentist and a talented team of hair and makeup artists.