Extreme Makeover will build seven homes in tornado-damaged Joplin

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will go to Joplin, Mo., to rebuild seven of the more than 7,000 homes destroyed by the May tornado. (If you need to be reminded of the devastation, check out these shocking images.)

The builder who’s leading the project, Millstone Custom Homes, is soliciting help and donations on a new web site, and Ty asks for volunteers in a video and directs volunteers to this web site. The build starts Oct. 19.

A press release says that the project has “the goal of providing ‘anchor’ construction that not only will directly benefit families in need, but also can provide the foundation for rebuilding an entire segment of the city’s decimated housing stock.”

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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