Extreme Makeover houses cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Extreme Makeover houses cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
How much does is cost to renovate a house on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? In the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” range, according to a story on the show in the New York Times. The paper reports that product-whoring, official sponsor Sears and other companies donate a lot of the materials and furnishings in exchange for air time on the show and on ABC.com. … Meanwhile, last month the New York Post reported that the recipient of a home makeover was missing. But she’s fine, according to The New York Daily News. Queens resident Lucy Ali, the 62-year-old woman whose episode aired last Sunday evening and was followed by a special on Monday night, “has been in the hospital since Monday [Oct. 22. She was treated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for asthma attacks tied to cat hair,” the paper says. About her new house, she says, “It is such an incredible work of art. It’s exactly like I would have designed it myself.”

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.