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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ coming to Northeast Georgia

Ty Pennington, host of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.' CREDIT: AP

Ty Pennington, host of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.' CREDIT: AP

ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has come to metro Atlanta twice since its 2003 debut, as well as stops in Augusta and Savannah. The show has built more than 150 homes for families in need of help all over the country. It’s coming back to Northeast Georgia next month for a week-long construction project.

Although the family hasn’t been named yet, the show is holding a pep rally in Madison (about 60 miles east of downtown Atlanta) for people interested in volunteering for the build. It’s at the Morgan County High School gymnasium Thursday night (June 30) at 7 p.m.

Ty Pennington, a former Grant Park resident, has been host of the show since its inception eight years ago. He’ll announce the family July 10.

Legendary football coach Vince Dooley will emcee the rally with the Atlanta Falcons cheerleading squad. (It doesn’t appear Pennington will be at the rally.)

The show’s television production team and local builders Pilot Builders and Smart Properties will be there, too.

The Sunday night staple is being moved to Friday night for the first time this fall. It had its lowest ratings in its history last year, averaging around 8.5 million viewers.

For more information or to become a part of the “Extreme Makeover” Georgia build, visit www.joinextreme.com/Georgia or www.facebook.com/extremehomegeorgia.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

8 comments Add your comment

playerplayer

June 30th, 2011
10:42 am

It’s a wonderful concept, but the homeowners are not in a position to handle the responsiblity or taxes after they leave. Maybe they should throw in a finance class or two?

Kennesaw Dave

June 30th, 2011
11:11 am

Agreed. I love the concept and watch the show just to get some feel good TV in during the week. But I have heard some unfortunate stories about how some of the people they help wind up loosing the home that all the hard work goes into because of not being able to pay the taxes or mortgage that’s on it. I’ve only seen one episode where the house was build and paid off completely to where all the person had to do was pay the property taxes for that year.

grace

June 30th, 2011
3:03 pm

1911A1

June 30th, 2011
4:05 pm

Agree with the first two posts…maybe they need to add Clark Howard to the team.

BB

June 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Rodney… Just read Jay Dixon is out at KISS on a national site.. R U on vacation??? If this is true… Good…

Bria Hamilton

June 30th, 2011
11:23 pm

Please help me to understand if someone gives you a new home fully furnished, Why can’t the individual understand that taxes are due on the property? They have 12 months to save and be prepared to pay taxes on their property. Only a disfyunctional individual would not understand the concept of this blessing. Too much!!!!

Matt

July 1st, 2011
3:36 pm

This show “jumped the shark” long ago and needs to be put out of its misery. So, so very tired of Ty yelling at the top of his lungs all the time.

Sarah L.

July 6th, 2011
12:38 pm

You should understand that only a few families have been foreclosed on. That is far less than the national average right now. In the case of the Harper family in Lake City, GA they had a paid off mortgage and a gift of 75,000 for upkeep. They blew all that and took two large loans against the house to start a Construction company. They failed and lost it all. Some other families have had more normal struggles, such as loss of jobs. A few have decided to sell their homes and move after the kids grew up. But a vast majority. About 95% or more are sitting pretty in their homes and will probably never let them go. You must realize at this point the show has built about 180 homes in 8 years on the air. Some families are not so great at balancing finances, some get into dire straits beyond their control. But what the show does do is set them up with a financial advisor to help them manage the house and anything else they may have been given. It wasn’t uncommon early on for the community, builder or benefactor to pay off the existing mortgage so that wasn’t hanging over their heads. After you are given such a gift what you do with hit is entirely up to you. I know families that are desperately waiting for help and would fight with every bit of themselves to keep such a gift as they fight to make their imperfect/hazardous homes better.