Extreme Makeover Home Edition ends tonight with its 200th episode

The 200th and final episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs tonight on ABC, as the series has been cancelled–though a few episodes will be burned off/air as specials sometime in the future. Series host Ty Pennington is moving on to the daytime series The Revolution.

Tonight’s two-hour episode follows the crew as they create seven homes in seven days in tornado-ravaged Joplin.

This retrospective video is a reminder that, however over-produced and overly reliant on Sears appliances it was (and how it made a weird argument that happiness comes in the form of excessive consumerism), the show did a lot of good, and managed to bring communities together to help their neighbors.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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