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Extreme Makeover
Genre Reality Television
Written by Louis H. Gorfain
Directed by Shanda Sawyer
Presented by Sam Saboura
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Production company(s) Lighthearted Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) – July 16, 2007 (2007-07-16)
Status Ended

Extreme Makeover is a television program from ABC in which individuals volunteered to receive an extensive makeover in Hollywood. It began airing in 2002 on Thursday nights at 8pm. A total of 55 episodes were produced. The show's first surgeon was Dr. Garth Fisher of Beverly Hills, California; he was part of the original "Extreme Team" of the first six episodes, along with Dr. Bill Dorfman and Dr. Robert Maloney. Other doctors were selected for the next three years in addition to the above.

Borrowing heavily from the reality television genre, the show depicts ordinary men and women undergoing "extreme makeovers" involving plastic surgery, exercise regimens, hairdressing and wardrobing. Each episode ends with the participants' return to their families and friends, showing the reactions of their loved ones, who have not been allowed to see the incremental changes during the participants' absence.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which debuted in 2003, is a spin-off of Extreme Makeover. The Home Edition ended up becoming far more successful than the plastic surgery edition. Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition was also piloted as a one-time special, but did not achieve sufficient ratings to be made into a series.

In its first season, Extreme Makeover ranked 40th in the yearly ratings and averaged 11.2 million viewers per episode. However, viewership suffered huge drops over the next three seasons.

On May 15, 2007 Extreme Makeover was officially canceled by ABC. The show's final three episodes were burned off on Mondays starting July 2, 2007. [1]

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Deleese Williams

On September 9, 2005, the producers of the show were sued by Deleese Williams, a 30-year-old woman from Conroe, Texas, whose sister Kellie McGee killed herself after Williams was dropped as a contestant. Williams was promised a "Cinderella-like makeover" by the producers of Extreme Makeover. As part of the show's filming process, Deleese's family disparaged her appearance on camera. The night before her scheduled dental surgery, she was dropped from the show because the recovery would take too long to fit in the show's timeframe. Four months later, her sister Kellie McGee committed suicide due, Williams claims, to the guilt McGee felt over her on-tape comments about her sister's appearance. Williams is suing the producers of Extreme Makeover for breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other allegations. Williams's main argument, presented to the court, was that the producers of Extreme Makeover required McGee to say things about her sister's appearance that were both false and cruel. After a year of legal battle, both sides reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount.

The Extreme Team

  • Dr. Garth Fisher MD FACS, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Beverly Hills California, Medical Director of the Biomedical Skin Treatment Institute www.garthfisher.com
  • Dr. Anthony C. Griffin, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Medical Director, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgery Institute Inc.
  • Dr. Jon A. Perlman, Plastic Surgeon, FACS, Diplomate American Board of Plastic Surgery, Clinical Asst Prof. of Plastic Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Beverly Hills, CA. (Recurring)
  • Dr. Ava Shamban - Dermatologist (Recurring)
  • Dr. Robert Maloney - LASIK Eye Surgeon (Recurring)
  • Dr. Bill Dorfman - Dentist (Recurring)
  • Michael Thurmond - Nutrition and Personal Training (Recurring)

Nielsen ratings

In its first season, Extreme Makeover ranked 40th in the yearly ratings and averaged 11.2 million viewers per episode. However, viewership dropped from then on, as the second season fell out of the top 50, dropped to 67th place and averaged 8.7 million viewers per episode, a drop of 22 percent from last season. The third season fared even worse, falling out of the top 100 altogether, as it dropped to 113th place and averaged 5.85 million viewers per episode, a drop of 33 percent from last season. In the fourth and final season, ratings reached an all-time low, falling out of the top 150 altogether, as it dropped to 175th place and averaged 4.85 million viewers per episode, a drop of 17 percent from last season.

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of Extreme Makeover on ABC:

Season Episodes Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 6 Wednesday 8:00 December 11, 2002 May 21, 2003 2002-2003 #40[1] 11.20[2]
2 22 Thursday 9:00
Wednesday 10:00
September 18, 2003 May 5, 2004 2003-2004 #67[3] 8.72[4]
3 20 Thursday 8:00
Thursday 9:00
September 23, 2004 July 15, 2005 2004-2005 #113[5] 5.85[6]
4 6 (4 aired) Friday 8:00
Monday 9:00
October 20, 2006 July 16, 2007 2006-2007 #175[7] 4.85[8]

Broadcasting

See also

  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

References

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