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Atlanta native Ty Pennington is on the new ABC talk show ‘The Revolution’

Ty Pennington joins "The Revolution," a daily talk show on ABC which airs 2 p.m. weekdays starting January 16, 2012.. AP photo

Ty Pennington joins "The Revolution," a daily talk show on ABC which airs 2 p.m. weekdays starting January 16, 2012.. AP photo

Atlanta native Ty Pennington has been Mr. Fix It for eight years, rehabbing and rebuilding homes of families who need help on ABC’s inspirational “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Cops paralyzed in the line of duty. Families with multiple special needs kids. Families where the dad and/or mom has a chronic illness. Families who run charity organizations but live in shacks.

With his trusty megaphone, Pennington spent most of any given year living out of a suitcase, traveling from Lena, Illinois to Lyme, New Hampshire, from North Pole, Alaska, to Waleska, Georgia.

The show ends its nine-season run tonight with its 200th episode in Joplin, Missouri, to build homes for families whose abodes were destroyed by last year’s tornadoes. (There will be unspecified specials down the road but this is the final regular season episode.)

“You have to embrace a carnival lifestyle. You have to give up things like plants,” Pennington said in an interview earlier this week from New York City.  “But it was an incredible journey. I’ve been lucky to be part of it. It proves people with good hearts can change the world.”

Pennington’s “Extreme” gig may be over. But he’s jumped right back into the fray with “The Revolution,” a new talk show debuting on Monday, January 16, taking over the 2 p.m. slot from “One Life to Live.”

But instead of being on location all the time, he will get to go to a studio each day and help women transform their lives with fashion expert Tim Gunn, Atlanta sex therapist Tiffanie Davis Henry, fitness and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak and OB-GYN Jennifer Ashton.

Pennington’s expertise will be inspirational home design. “Good design can change your life,” said Pennington, who started his TV career on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and left for Los Angeles in 2002. “And a lot of people don’t realize there are household items you can use to clean and repair at little or no cost. And you can create your own art.”

He said doing a talk show in front of a live audience is far different from taping segments on a TV show like “Trading Spaces” or “Extreme Makeover.”

“It’s about listening,” he said. “It’s about giving people enough space to finish their point before you start yours. We don’t want to be stomping each other verbally.” He said he has to learn to get to the point quickly.

And since this is a show geared to women, “it’s not every day you get to talk about breasts. That’s a subject I don’t mind talking about!”

His thoughts on a couple of his colleagues. Gunn: “You think he wakes up in a three-piece suit! But he’s not the fashion police. He may say to me, ‘I like the hat.’ But who knows if it goes with the shoes?”

And Atanta sex therapist Henry? “She’s straight to the point. She’s got that beautiful sassiness about her. I love her!” (If you get the print edition of the paper, check out my colleague Helena Oliviero’s profile of Tiffany Davis Henry on Sunday, January 15)

As a keepsake, he said he’s keeping his “Extreme Makeover” megaphone and who knows? Maybe it’ll show up on “The Revolution” one day!

“It’s like Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger.My megaphone is my Robin!”

“The Revolution,” 2 p.m. weekdays, ABC, starting January 16, 2012

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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#1 Fan

January 13th, 2012
3:20 pm

Keep an eye on Ms Tiffany Davis Henry. The sky is the limit for this rising star from the ATL!


January 13th, 2012
4:33 pm

Good for Ty but sorry, hope the show fails. This is just another show amongst shows that we already know and don’t need. Shame on ABC for taking the soaps away. I hope they pay dearly.


January 13th, 2012
7:40 pm

Didn’t Ty start his TV career on “Trading Spaces” not “Changing Spaces”?


January 13th, 2012
8:10 pm

Hey Rodney,
Are you going to do a review on Kitchen Nightmares? The Atlanta episode of Michons is on tonight.

Rodney Ho

January 13th, 2012
8:25 pm

@truthpaste. Yes…


January 13th, 2012
8:47 pm

I love Ty P!! but he is sooo hyper, just wondering will he be still long enough for a talk show!

Cindy Bargen

January 14th, 2012
8:54 am

I have followed your Extreme Makover-Home Edition for Many years.
I was inspired to put on my “Bucket” list that I wanted to volunteer to help rebuild at leaast one house, I got that dream handed to me. North Oakland Disaster Relief Team had a bunch of people headed to Mississippi to help rebuild after the hurricanes. I used to work with many of the people that were going and one gentleman sent out a message that he was not able to go, he had another committment at work and he donate his plane ticket to anyone willing to go in his place. I was retired, and another co-worker sent me the e-mail. I did go and it was so life changing for me. I could do this again and again. But the fact that we are on a limited income prevents me from doing so, as well as having to be here for my father-in-law. He is 87 in March. We are lucky to live next door to him.
I am sad to see the show going away–I cried at Every episode. I was not there-but Ty you made me feel like I was there for every episode. Bless your show and double bless all those that made all those houses happen, from the builders, designers, Furniture stores, CVC, And the person that learned to use a hammer for the first time. I Love you all.

Mariah Parker

January 14th, 2012
11:49 am

Why does Extreme Makeover have to end it does not need to stop your the only people that can help other people so much. Please don’t stop the show. Mariah Parker


January 14th, 2012
8:57 pm

We won’t be watching ‘The Revolution’… and we don’t even care for ‘The Chew’ either. I was disappointed in CBS for cancelling P&G owned soaps ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘As the World Turns’. ‘The Talk’ seems okay… just not interested in ‘Let’s Make A Deal’. By the way, ABC has canceled ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’.

La La

January 16th, 2012
5:30 pm

Congratulations and kudos Ty! What an asset to the Revolution team!

La La

January 16th, 2012
5:34 pm

Congrats Ty! Atlanta will be supporting you!

Georgia Atlanta

January 16th, 2012
9:46 pm

Wow! I would like to thank Eric for pointing out the fact that “Extreme Makeover” is ending its weekly airings, even though that information was included in the preceding article. Thanks for the terrific research, Eric.

nancy woods

January 19th, 2012
2:47 pm

i want to be on the revoultion, how about mother and daughter both overweight and need help

Linda Lawrence

January 19th, 2012
3:20 pm

I Love your show.I am on do to surgery.I am bored and i walk and eat even when i am not hungry.I am a chef and like the best things in life to eat.I need help and also my children .I have a seventeen year old ,and 3 grown children.We need to lose weight bad.Please help us.Thank you Linda lawrence