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It’s always a chicken and the egg question when a TV series gets moved to Friday night. Did the network place it there because that is the slot its numbers justified, or did the low numbers come from being exiled to the Siberia of TV, the Friday night slot. Suffice it to say that when ABC moved “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to Friday night the writing was on the wall that this would be its last season. Now Disney has made it official with the series finale airing on January 13, 2012.

The show that has impacted thousands of lives is going out with one of its largest projects ever, rebuilding seven homes in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri. This won’t be the last we see of “EM:HE”, the crew will return from time to time with special episodes. Four are planned for the future.

I will miss the show, but have to admit that I haven’t watched the last few seasons. Something about the show became too formulaic and an emotional disconnect developed. Even the recent ‘Celebrity of the Week’ addition couldn’t build any excitement. We’ll see if the replacement show “The Secret Millionaire” can fill the void.

The full press release is below the jump:

Editor: A big thank you to Marrin G. for agreeing to attend and cover this event for The Disney Blog

The town has gathered. Neighbors, friends and family are cheering. Only a bus and Ty Pennington stand in the way of a deserving family’s new dream home. Ty orchestrates the crowd as they chant “move . . . that . . . bus!” The family screams praises and scrambles through the doors to discover a palace resembling that of Cinderella. Cue explosive and triumphant music. Cue tears.

Addictive, emotional, and uplifting, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is an ABC staple series. To celebrate the start of the beloved show’s ninth season and in support of The American Cancer Society, Hollywood Branded threw a fabulous premiere party in downtown Los Angeles. The event took place at the beautiful Vibiana, a retired cathedral and quite literally for the night, the Church of Disney.

I really enjoyed watching the first three seasons of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Those seasons often combined some personal growth with the award of a new home. What many people forget is that the Extreme Makeover series started as a body sculpture show where scalpels were used instead of hammers and the award was a new body from plastic surgery. Now the series is returning to that theme with a new show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (EM:WLE).

This time instead of relying on the scalpel, there is a personal trainer, and a lifestyle transformation instead of a home transformation. The May 30th premiere of the new ABC show will feature Rachel, a young woman, taking on a challenge to lose over 200 pounds. Each show of the 8 episode season is a self-contained, non-competitive year long journey.

Her guide for the journey is transformation specialist Chris Powell. He breaks the transformation process down into four 90 day segments. The first quarter features a crash course on healthy eating, exercise, and inspiration to lose all that weight. After that the subject is on their own except for the occasional check-in. This format may change in future episodes.

If you’re a fan of biggest loser, but not of the sometimes cut-throat competition on the show, then EM:WLE is for you. It’s definitely different from what I’ve seen from other reality shows. But if you’re looking to be inspired about how anyone can overcome obstacles in their lives, this show is for you.

“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” premieres MONDAY, MAY 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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