ABC has decided to end the series’ run after its ninth season wraps up in January. The show debuted in 2003 as a spin-off of “Extreme Makeover.”
Its final episode — the series’ 200th — will air on Jan. 13, and will feature the team building seven homes in seven days for tornado victims in Joplin, Mo. Luckily for the show’s followers, the network will air special episodes of the series following the cancellation, though the network has announced no specific dates. This season had a special appearance from First Lady Michelle Obama.
Each episode features a family that has faced some sort of recent or ongoing hardship such as a natural disaster or a family member with a life-threatening illness, in need of new hope. The show’s producers coordinate with a local construction contractor, which then coordinates with various companies in the building trades for a makeover of the family’s home. This includes interior, exterior and landscaping, performed in seven days while the family is on vacation (paid for by the show’s producers) and documented in the episode. If the house is beyond repair, they replace it entirely. The show’s producers and crew film set and perform the makeover but do not pay for it. The materials and labor are donated. Many skilled and unskilled volunteers assist in the rapid construction of the house.
The show always ends with Ty saying, “There’s only one thing left to say. Welcome Home [family’s name] family, welcome home.”