KIDS TAKE OVER THE MAKEOVER IN THE STAR-STUDDED
SEASON PREMIERE OF "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION"
On the Show's Biggest Build to Date, Celebrity Volunteers Abound When the Kids from
Emmy Award-Winning Comedy "Modern Family," Plus Katy Perry, Raven-Symon� and Shaquille O'Neal, Pitch in and Make Dreams Come True for Deserving Students in Baltimore, Maryland
"Boys Hope," Parts 1 & 2 - Ty Pennington and his design team, including new designers Xzibit and Jillian Harris, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to surprise the students of Boys Hope/Girls Hope in a unique way and reveal to them that their lives were about to change. For the first time in the history of the show, the recipients were surprised on live television when the "EM: HE" team greeted the students with the good news. Another first in the show's 170-plus episode history came unannounced, courtesy of Mother Nature, when an epic rainstorm threatened to knock the 11,000 square foot build off its strict seven-day schedule. Adding to the excitement, drama and fun of the build was the participation of the kids from the Emmy Award-winning comedy "Modern Family" (Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriquez), actress Raven-Symon�, basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal and music sensation Katy Perry. The two-part episode airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Boys Hope/Girls Hope in Baltimore, Maryland, invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. Since 1991, 100% of the participants who completed the program have attended college. For now, there is only a home for the boys, giving them a secure place to live and excel academically and athletically. But the girls' program, which just accepted its first seven members, does not have a building. The Boys Hope male scholars reached out for help to the "EM: HE" team to provide a place for the girls in their community that would offer them the same educational and emotional support that they enjoy. Their hope is that this new home away from home will change the lives of these young girls, as well as for future generations of promising young women.
The seven-day build was challenged by some of the worst weather the show has faced. After installing the insulation, electrical wiring and drywall, it was all destroyed by a massive storm, putting the home in serious jeopardy. The kids from "Modern Family," as well as actress Raven-Symon�, arrived as reinforcements, and they provided lots of laughs along the way. Also, celebrity volunteer Shaquille O'Neal added an awesome yet educational touch to the new Girls Hope building.
The seven young ladies from Girls Hope went on a star-studded vacation to Hollywood, where they met Katy Perry, their favorite pop superstar. They got a real taste of glitz and glam when they watched Katy at work in the recording studio at Hollywood landmark Capitol Records. Katy, along with new "EM: HE" team member Xzibit, designed a special room at Girls Hope inspired by Katy's music video, "California Girls."
The design team for this episode features team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Paul DiMeo, Xzibit and Jillian Harris, local builder Excel Homes and the Maryland Community Builders' Foundation and community volunteers.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
For more information on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," visit ABC.com