In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, ABC has canned Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show will close its doors at the end of the current season, its ninth overall. The show, however, will not be completely gone from ABC’s primetime schedule right away. The network has announced that it will air four upcoming specials, but it will not be a weekly staple in some homes. The two-time Emmy award winning show will make its final bow on January 13th, which happens to be it’s 200th episode. The finale will feature the team rebuilding homes and changing lives for those affected in Joplin, Missouri.
After the show transitioned to Friday nights, ratings haven’t been the same. Struggling against other network offerings, ratings have been sub-par to ABC’s expectations. To date, the team has designed and rebuilt more than 200 homes, in addition to firehouses, schools, daycares and more, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“It is with a somber heart I close this chapter, but with such excitement I begin the next one,” designer Michael Moloney said in a statement. “I have EM:HE to thank for the platform I have to continue doing good work and great design in 2012 and on.”
As for Ty Pennington, the show’s host, he has a new gig already lined up. He joins Tim Gunn and Harley Pasternak in a new ABC Daytime health and lifestyle series called The Revolution. The show will premiere in January.