Alphabet goes to ‘Extreme’

Reality hit to compete with 'Spouses' for next three weeks

ABC continues to counterpunch Fox’s “Trading Spouses.”

To blunt last week’s “Spouses” premiere, ABC served up a fresh edition of “Extreme Makeover.” Move gave ABC a ratings boost but didn’t seem to hurt the Fox skein.

Now, for the next three weeks, ABC is slotting reality hit “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” opposite “Trading Spouses.” Segs will be sort of “enhanced” repeats, with producers adding in new interviews with the subjects of each show.

Alphabet execs believe Fox is ripping off the net’s upcoming fall skein “Wife Swap,” with ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson publicly accusing Fox of stealing ideas earlier this month.

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