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OTRC: 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' canceled by ABC

The cast of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' is pictured in this promotional ABC photo.

The reality show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has been canceled after nine seasons.

The news was announced on Thursday, December 15, by the ABC Television Network, which said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that the final episode will air on Jan. 13, 2012. Four specials will air after that date, according to a network spokesperson.

The Emmy-winning series features Ty Pennington and a team of designers and sees contractors and other volunteers building and decorating new homes during the course of a week. The show has featured celebrities such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Glenn Close and Rihanna.

No reason was specified for the cancellation. The show, a spin-off of "Extreme Makeover," premiered in 2003 to some 12 million viewers, The Hollywood Reporter said. Ratings for the show have dropped since the show was moved to Fridays this past season. About 4.7 million people watched last week's episode.

The finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" sees the team and almost 14,000 volunteers building new homes on one street in Joplin, Missouri, where a May 22 tornado killed more than 160 people and destroyed thousands of structures. Celebrities set to appear include Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Matt Cassell, as well as the football team's owner, Clark Hunt.

The second-to-last episode of the series airs on January 6 and features an appearance from rock singer and reality star Bret Michaels. The show is set in Iowa and workers will build a new house for a blind widow and mother of six children.

Pennington is set to appear on the panel of on ABC's new daytime lifestyle series "The Revolution," which debuts on Jan. 16, 2012 - three days after the finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The new show replaces soap opera "One Life To Live," which will end its run after more than 40 years.

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