Perhaps Fox should call it “Pimp My Extreme Swan Makeover: Home Edition for the Straight Family.”
The net has picked up eight hours of a new series that will take one family and remake their lives, from renovating their house and restoring their car to making over each individual (via haircuts, new wardrobes, etc.) and pet.
Produced by regular Fox reality supplier Rocket Science Prods. — which recently put together “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” for the web — the show, which has the working title “Family Time” (likely to change), is a mix of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” and Fox’s “The Swan,” with a dash of Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
“The basic idea is to take every makeover show you’ve ever seen and roll it into one,” Fox reality topper Mike Darnell said. “We’ll completely do their house over. If someone in the family needs to go on a diet, we’ll help them with that. And if one of the kids is bullied in school, he’ll get to learn karate. We’re trying to do everything. There might even be a little plastic surgery — some Botox, a nose job.”
Darnell stressed that kids wouldn’t receive any plastic surgery, however.
Jay McGraw, son of daytime TV host Phil McGraw — and a frequent guest on “Dr. Phil” — has been tapped to host. McGraw is also the author of several books, including “Life Strategies for Teens.”
The entire family makeover will take place over the course of two weeks. As their house is being rebuilt and car is souped up, the show’s families will be holed up elsewhere, getting their personal makeovers.
“This is not cheap,” Darnell said. “None of these shows are cheap.”
Like “Trading Spouses,” which spreads out its storylines over two episodes, Darnell is mulling whether to showcase the beginnings of the “Family Time” makeover and save the reveal for a second episode.
Right now, the plan is to stick to just one hour per makeover. But Darnell said he’ll make the final decision after seeing early footage.
First up, in a reality crossover, the Biggins family — seen in the first two episodes of “Trading Spouses” — has been tapped for a “Family Time” makeover. Producers planned to surprise the working-class family and whisk them away this morning.
ABC has been keeping a close eye on “Family Time,” given how crucial both “Extreme Makeover” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” have been to its schedule.
Alphabet execs are still steamed over Fox’s launch of “Trading Spouses,” which ABC called a ripoff of its upcoming “Wife Swap.”
And in the latest round of the increasingly competitive battle to come up with the next reality hit, word leaked Tuesday that Fox was close to picking up the Granada-produced skein “Nanny 911,” just hours after ABC beat out the net for the rights to the Ricochet format “Supernanny” (Daily Variety, July 27).
But unlike those other cases, “Family Time” comes after “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and several other makeover shows have already hit the airwaves.
And Darnell points out that home makeover shows are hardly new.
“There are 50 billion makeovers on the air,” he said. “It’s the way of the world right now. This is the ultimate of makeover shows.”