Extreme Makeover (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Extreme Makeover is a television program from ABC in which individuals volunteered to receive an extensive makeover in Hollywood. The show was created by television producer Howard Schultz. It first aired as a television special. 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; after the pilot show the first six shows included Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Jon A. Perlman, M.D. FACS, Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy and Dr. Harvey Zarem as part of the original "Extreme Team," 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 broadcast on Mondays starting July 2, 2007. A later spinoff, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, premiered in ABC's 2011 summer season.
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, Williams's family disparaged her appearance on camera. The night before her scheduled dental surgery, she was dropped
The Extreme Team
Sam Saboura, Host, Stylist. (Recurring)
Dr. Garth Fisher MD FACS, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Beverly Hills California, Medical Director of the Biomedical Skin Treatment Institute
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)
Dr. Debra Gray King, - Cosmetic Dentist, Atlanta, Georgia
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: Extreme Makeover's new host is Mark Johns 21 from Grapevine, Texas
Viewers (in millions)
December 11, 2002
May 21, 2003
Thursday 9:00 Wednesday 10:00
September 18, 2003
May 5, 2004
Thursday 8:00 Thursday 9:00
September 23, 2004
July 15, 2005
6 (4 aired)
Friday 8:00 Monday 9:00
October 20, 2006
July 16, 2007
Australia: Nine Network
Bulgaria: On 17 September, Nova Television started airing the first season of the Bulgarian version called ????? ???????.