Extreme Makeover Alaska house’s construction detailed on web site

Last week’s season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition followed the team as they built a house in North Pole, Alaska, for a large family.

If you’ve ever wondered just how the show manages to build a house in seven days–or if they actually cheat and take longer than that–there’s a lot of insight on a web site maintained by the construction company that worked on the house, Landmark. And no, they don’t cheat; they built the house in seven days.

The site includes daily updates, which show pictures from every day of the demolition and build. For those interested in the actual construction, there’s a full schedule of every build-related task [PDF] for each day. It includes the length of time each job was scheduled to take.

The latest update on the site indicates that those involved were quite content with the edited version of the show: “The show was great! ABC did a fine job representing the people of Alaska!” it says.

Extreme Makeover Alaska

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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