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'The Great Big American Auction': Old Money Becomes Big Money (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 9th 2011 2:00AM
'The Great Big American Auction' specialTy Pennington is looking to bring auctions to prime time with the special 'The Great Big American Auction' (Thu., 10PM ET on ABC). But an auction is only as good as the pieces it fetches, and the best pieces are often discovered purely by accident.

Felicia Batey came in with a ten-cent purchase from her grandmother of an old frame with a pair of photographs in it. It was what was hidden inside, behind the pictures, that was the true surprise. In an envelope was a $100 bill from 1880.

"This is an amazingly rare note," Batey was told by the show's expert. "As a matter of fact, there are only 16 of these known. This is number 17."

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Jewel Performs at Veterans Day Fundraising Special on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:15AM
Jewel, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC) took a break from building houses for families in need to tackle another worthy cause. Taking advantage of their new Friday time slot, the show was perfectly poised to address Veterans Day, and they did so with a star-studded fundraising event co-hosted by Ty Pennington and Jewel.

The special looked back at veterans and military families 'Extreme Makeover' has helped over the years, and shed a spotlight on modern veterans returning to a difficult economic climate, emphasizing the skills their military training makes them well suited for in civilian life.

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Ty Pennington Joins 'The Revolution'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:30PM
Ty Pennington'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' host Ty Pennington has joined the panel for ABC's new lifestyle series 'The Revolution.' The series will take the timeslot previously occupied by 'One Life to Live' in Jaunary 2012.

"Ty's passionate and deep connection to everyone he helps makes him the perfect choice to join 'The Revolution,'" ABC daytime president Brian Frons said in a statement. "The energy he brings with him is an excellent complement to our previously named hosts, Tim Gunn and Harley Pasternak. Our goal is to include inspiring and informative motivators as we build 'The Revolution' team and continue to evolve our lineup with the type of lifestyle programming that daytime viewers are interested in seeing."

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Rachel Prayed to Be Skinny on 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2011 3:24AM
'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition'It's been a while, but the 'Extreme Makeover' franchise has a second spin-off. The first one, 'Home Edition' has obviously far surpassed its disastrous plastic surgery parent, and this latest iteration looks to inspire personal change through natural means rather than cosmetic.

'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC) premiered with the year-long story of one person struggling with weight, and will continue spotlighting a single person for each of its eight episodes.

Taking more from 'Heavy' than competition shows like 'The Biggest Loser,' the only prize on 'EM: WLE' is regaining a sense of self-worth and confidence, and possibly the chance to live a fuller, happier and longer life.

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A New House for Mother's Day on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 12:45AM
Ty Pennington, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'It was a wall-to-wall 'Mother's Day' theme throughout this week's installment of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC). Ty Pennington and gang took care of volleyball coach Carrie Prewitt, who stepped in to take care of the three Brewer sisters when their parents died from drug abuse.

Now this family of four was living in a run-down double-wide trailer, so ABC and the 'EM:HE' crew decided to tear it down and give them a house so huge the three girls could probably grow up, get married and still not have to leave home.

"Our old home felt like right at the end of the book and it was the end of the story," oldest daughter Ashley said after the reveal. "Coach had many memories in that home that we didn't get to share with her. Our new home feels like we're opening the 'Brewitt' book."

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Demolition 'Big Rig Style' on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 25th 2011 4:06AM
Ty Pennington, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'Ty Pennington and the team at 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) are always looking for new and exciting ways to demolish a home. They've had a huge crowd physically pull one down a hill and even blown one up with dynamite.

So, inspired by Fred, the father of this week's family, who is a truck driver, they decided to take it down "big rig style," as Pennington said.

Designer Johnny Littlefield donated his rig to the cause. "I was gonna take her to the salvage yard anyway because she was long past due, and I thought I'd give her one last ride into the sunset."

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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition': Technology Gives Paralyzed Man Independence (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 18th 2011 5:07AM
Hall family, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'After a car accident left him paralyzed from the neck down a year ago, Carl Hall found himself trapped in a situation made him frustrated and at times angry. That's where the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM on ABC) was able to step in and help.

Because he could no longer manage stairs, the Halls and their four kids had to move from their two-story home to a condo where there simply wasn't room for Carl's wheelchair to maneuver, much less that many people to live.

To make matters worse, he wasn't able to sleep in a bed with his wife, and he was reliant on the family to help him manage so many of his daily activities, including such mundane things as turning on and off the lights. So one of the priorities for the team was to give Carl back some much-needed independence.

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Reelz Fudged 'Kennedys' Ratings, Snooki Quits Wrestling and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 5th 2011 6:15PM
The KennedysTurns out, the first two hours of 'The Kennedys' miniseries wasn't the record-breaking success Reelz Channel wanted us to think it was.

Although the network reported an audience of 1.9 million, actual Nielsen numbers put the total at 1.3 million. That's 30 percent lower, Vulture points out.

So, what does Reelz have to say about the conflicting reports? A rep told Vulture, "The numbers we reported yesterday were fast national of average viewers per minute when we add our two showings (8PM East and 8PM West) together, which is the gross audience for an average minute."

Oooookay.

In other TV news ...

The HBO Films movie about the financial collapse, 'Too Big to Fail,' will debut May 23. It stars William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Pullman and more. [HBO]

Although Snooki's unexpected gymnastic prowess surprised the world after her appearance on Wrestlemania, she says she's done with wrestling. "I'm pretty busy with 'Jersey Shore,' so I doubt [I'll continue]," she said. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Breaking news: The Science Channel is changing its name ... to plain old Science. In a press release, the network mentioned it wanted to be "the official home of the Thought Provocateur -- the individual who is constantly asking 'What if?' and 'Why not?'" [THR]

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'Extreme Makeover': A Blind Couple 'Shines' While Dancing in the Moonlight (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:15AM
'Extreme Makeover': A Blind Couple 'Shines' While Dancing in the MoonlightThe Anderson family lives in Maple Heights, Ohio. Parents Andre and Jasmine are blind as a result of diabetes, and they have two sons -- 13-year-old Jaison (who is hearing-impaired) and 7-year-old Jahzion -- plus a guide dog named Valentine. The family lives in a rickety, dangerous old house. But they haven't let their surroundings or their disabilities hold them back.

Andre and Jasmine run a disability awareness center -- now, courtesy of 'Extreme Makeover' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC), they get a change in their lives. They receive a new mansion-style home -- which includes a thumbprint reader that unlocks the front door, a bar-code scanner to identify food in the kitchen, and a laptop to read books for Andre. (There's also a new heart-shaped bed for Valentine, which is nice, since we're suckers for guide dogs.)

But the nicest gift of all might be a special moment for the married couple. As Jasmine and Andre are moving into their new house, Ohio-born R&B singer John Legend shows up and performs his song 'Shine,' which includes these lyrics: "Ordinary people, could be a hero/ Don't blow out the light/ Let them shine/ Let them shine on."

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'Extreme Makeover': Saving a School That Was Washed Away in a Flood (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 15th 2010 5:20AM
'Extreme Makeover': Saving a School That Was Washed Away in a FloodThe Tennessee floods of May, 2010 were a "1,000-year-event" -- the type of flood predicted to occur only once every millennium. Flooding caused at least $1.5 billion worth of damage in Nashville alone. It was a devastating once-in-a-lifetime event for residents in the area. Many television viewers also saw a one-time-only sight. Shocked viewers watched as a schoolhouse floated away -- down a flooded highway that had become a river.

This swept-away schoolhouse was part of the Lighthouse Christian School, which has been run by the Sweatt family since 2003. After the floods, the Sweatts led relief efforts in the area, assisting over 200 families. But now, their school is in danger of shutting for good ... unless they get some help. So 'Extreme Makeover' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) comes their aid.

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Saved From Death by a Dog on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 8th 2010 4:37AM
Saved From Death by a Dog on 'Extreme Makeover'The Marshall-Spreier family isn't just lucky to have a new home ... they're lucky to be alive. Over a year ago, their house was devastated by a fire. Since then, they've been living in tents, camped out in their own backyard -- next to the semi-incinerated remains of their former abode.

And time was running out. The family lives in Idaho, and winter was approaching. They needed help to survive ... and quickly. Still, despite their sad story, the family had a lot to be grateful for. They were saved from the fire by the barking of Betsy, the family dog.

Betsy saved the lives of single mom Jane Marshall -- a cancer survivor -- and the lives of her eight children. On 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC), Ty Pennington and his team showed up to help the humans, and to honor the dog.

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Hearing for the First Time on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 1st 2010 4:10AM
Hearing for the First Time on 'Extreme Makeover' 'Extreme Makeover' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) provides deserving people with better surroundings. But what if you can't hear what surrounds you in the first place? On the new episode, the team provides a home -- but they also help a bunch of students feel more at home with themselves.

Ty Pennington and his team must rebuild the Oregon School for the Deaf. This school helps the deaf community in that region, but they're suffering from a lack of funding. So the 'Makeover' squad shows up -- and they don't just want to change the housing.

The school's dormitories date from the 1950s, and now are structurally unsafe. Plus, they look like a "prison," according to one young man. The housing is rebuilt, but more than that, a greater effort is made. The team provides students with hearing aids, allowing them to hear the outside world ... for the first time ever.

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'Extreme Makeover': Tragedy, Loss, and a New Home (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 25th 2010 1:05AM
'Extreme Makeover': Tragedy, Loss, and a New HomeTwo years ago, Trisha Urban lost her husband Andrew. This happened just before the arrival of Trisha's daughter Cora -- who was born on February 5th, 2009. Following Andrew's death, Trisha was too depressed to take care of herself. She basically lived in a single room of her old house, hiding in the log cabin that she and Andrew once shared.

While Trisha hid, the house gradually crumbled around her. Now, Trisha is getting a second chance. On 'Extreme Makeover' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC). Ty Pennington and his team provided a new home for Trisha and Cora -- complete with a fairy tale-style playhouse for Cora, and space for the family's many farm animals.

But the new house also contained a piece of the old: A wooden beam from the centuries-old cabin that Trisha once shared with her husband.

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'DWTS' Performers Help Out on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 18th 2010 1:36AM
'DWTS' Performers Create a Flash Mob on 'Extreme Makeover'It's time to move to the groove on 'Extreme Makeover' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC). The 'Makeover' crew visited Neenah, Wisconsin -- where they helped out Rhex Arboleda and his family.

Rhex Arboleda and his wife were living in a tiny house with their five children. Rhex is a hometown hero -- despite his tough circumstances, he created a local program called "Move to the Groove," to help fight childhood obesity.

So it was appropriate that 'Dancing With the Stars' cast members showed up to help out. Derek Hough even insisted on pitching in with the construction work during the week-long "build."

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'Extreme Makeover' -- Laughter Instead of Tears, as Comedians Help Out (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 11th 2010 4:16AM
'Extreme Makeover' -- Laughter Instead of Tears, as Comedians Help Out'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC), promised a "tear-free" episode. And that's what we got ... almost. In place of the standard sob-fest, the producers guaranteed a completely upbeat show. To accomplish this, they enlisted a bunch of comedians -- including Cedric the Entertainer, Paul Rodriguez and Tommy Davidson.

The series went to Houston, Texas to help the Johnson family, whose house was damaged by Hurricane Ike. As a result of the hurricane, the locks in the Johnson's tiny home had to be opened with a screwdriver. But was just the start of the problems. The floor was rotting, the roof was caving in -- and the family had to eat off of paper plates ... because the weight of real plates would cause their shelves to collapse.

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