Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s 100th episode airs tonight

The 100th Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, airs tonight on ABC as a special two-hour episode starting at 7 p.m. ET. The show is currently in its fifth season, which began in late September.

In a series of reports, Variety examines series behind the scenes, starting with one that found poverty is not required to be cast. Here are highlights from the paper’s other stories, linked below; all quotations are from those stories, unless otherwise noted:

  • After averaging 130 hours of construction, 30 editors have “350 hours of video” that “must be squeezed into a 42-minute episode.”
  • The builds take varying amounts of time; for the Michigan home of the Gilliam family back in 2006, producers scheduled an 80-hour build, and instead, “more than 2,000 tradesmen and volunteers came together to knock down the old structure, then build, decorate and landscape a 3,900-square-foot new house in 53 hours and 54 minutes.”
  • Producers “stagger the productions by four days, allowing host Ty Pennington (and producers) to shuttle between locations, which can never be more than a two-hour flight apart.”
  • Host Ty “Pennington shoots two episodes simultaneously, spending any spare time on side projects including a furniture design business, Ty Pennington Style magazine and a product line for Sears.”
  • Director Patrick Higgins says cameras are only “on set about 16 hours a day. We scaled back the shooting throughout the night. We reached this point now in season five of understanding what exactly is going to air, and we calculate the hours in the day by that.”
  • The new “home needs the same permits and goes through the same inspections as homes built the traditional way. The only difference is local governmental agencies often will make their employees available around the clock. They’re on site to make sure the homes are built to the same standards as any other home in the community.”
  • On the construction site, “none of the workers are paid. Most if not all of the materials are donated, too.”
  • Sponsor Sears “pays an integration fee as well as buying commercial time” and “outfits the entire house — everything from appliances and sheets to artwork and lawn tractors. The producers determine what products are needed, and the crew and design team go shopping for those items at a local Sears outlet or order them online.”
‘Home Edition’ has room for emotion, Contractors push ‘Extreme’ to its limits, Pennington renovates career, homes and Companies contribute to ‘Makeover’ [Variety]
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC]

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