On television, popular shows never die, they just get rebooted.
See: “American Idol,” “Fear Factor,” and now “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
HGTV announced it will air 10 new episodes of the super popular reality renovation show in 2020. While there are few details about the talent returning to the show (Will Ty Pennington be back?), the network is currently casting for families in Fresno.
In a news release, producers said they are “in an all-out search for people who deserve a new place to live and who have uplifting, inspirational stories that must be told.”
In case you’ve forgotten just what that means, producers are looking for families “that have incredible stories of strength and perseverance,” “who continue to give back to their communities, despite the personal challenges they face,” and “don’t have the ability, resources or time to fix their housing issues.”
In a new twist for the show (this is a reboot, after all), producers are looking for not just current homeowners (the show’s bread and butter), but also renters and people interested in relocating.
If that is you, or someone you know, applications are being accepted online at www.emhe.tv
This wouldn’t be the first time the show has found a story in Fresno.
In 2009, Pennington and crew spent a week renovating (demolishing and rebuilding, really) the home of Mary Ann Riojas and her four teenage children. The result was a two-story and pumpkin-orange house that became an instant attraction in the neighborhood. A story in The Bee at the time described a line of cars slowly working their way down her street, “like a daytime version of Christmas Tree Lane.”