The ABC TV show, “Extreme Makeover,” was about giving the show’s volunteers an extensive makeover in Hollywood. In each episode, volunteers would undergo makeovers that were extreme, involving plastic surgery, wardrobe makeover, hairdressing and exercise regimes. The volunteers in the show were ordinary men and women. The show was created by Howard Schultz. The show aired 52 episodes across four seasons between 2002 and 2007. The show resulted in spinoffs, including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Extreme Weight Loss.”
Written by Louis H. Gorfain and directed by Shanda Sawyer, “Extreme Makeover” originally aired on Dec. 11, 2002. Each episode of the show would start with the introduction of the volunteers. A narration would explain the process as volunteers went through the makeover, and during this time, they were not allowed to see their family and friends. The episode would end with volunteers, after having received a complete makeover, returning to their family and friends. The reaction of the family and friends would be recorded and shown on television.
“Extreme Makeover” did reasonably well in the first season with an average of 11.2 million viewers per episode, but the viewership dropped over the next three seasons. The show was officially cancelled on May 15, 2007, after four seasons. The final episode of the show aired on July 2, 2007.