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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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