Ty will host ABC’s Extreme Makeover.

Ty will host ABC’s Extreme Makeover.
A new edition of ABC’s Extreme Makeover tomorrow night will be hosted by Trading Spaces carpenter Ty Pennington. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, is sort of like Trading Spaces on acid. It involves “a team of designers, 100 workmen and even the neighbors, [who] have just seven days to completely renovate an entire house–every single room, plus the exterior and landscaping.” Even better, the designers live together in a bus for added drama. Ty is humble about his new gig: “I’m like McGyver. I can make junk look fantastic. We had a bigger budget on this one, but by the time you started construction, there wasn’t much left.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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