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'Makeover' takes reality TV to a new dimension

'Makeover' takes reality TV to a new dimension



I'm a sucker for feel-good things.

Movies, television, a good story… it doesn't matter.

When Rudy Ruettiger received his letter of acceptance into Notre Dame in the film "Rudy," I choked up. When he got to play in the final game of his senior year and sacked the quarterback, I shed a tear.

When Simon Birch passed away with his best friend by his side after saving a busload of kids, I lost it.

When Jimmy Chitwood said "I'll make it," I got goosebumps.

When Old Yeller died, I was devastated.

When Danny Noonan made the putt to defeat Judge Smails and Dr. Beeper … well, I didn't cry. But it was uplifting.

I like feeling good. I like cheering for the underdog.

That's why "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is such a great show.

A reality show with a positive tone? Yes, it is possible.

There's no backstabbing. No complaining. No plotting against other people. No surviving the elements. No trying to stay in paradise. No $1 million prize. No falling in love within 20 minutes of knowing someone. No destroying an average-looking guy's heart.

It's just good people helping good people.

The concept (if anyone hasn't seen it) is carpenter Ty Pennington and his crew completely make over a family's home that really needs a facelift. The family is always deserving.

One home was made over for a family whose dad was in Iraq. Another was made over for a family who was caring for its young cancer-stricken daughter (who beat the disease, I might add). And another was done for a young single mom raising foster children.

Needy families receiving the ultimate gift. What a concept.

While most reality shows go for the shock factor, this show goes for the feel-good factor.

It's a great thing to watch.

It's the only reality TV show that has got me to choke up so far, so it must be doing something right.

Fabio update

Fabio spoke out on the final episode of "Average Joe 2: Hawaii." Well, at least his manager spoke out on his behalf.

Fabio's manager, Eric Ashenberg, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that "Fabio wishes Larissa nothing but the best."

He later went on to poke fun at Gil a little bit, saying "the only thing he has to say is if that guy is looking to date someone he (Fabio) hasn't, he should start dating men."

Apparently, Fabio has dated every woman in the world. My wife wasn't kidding. She has dated Fabio. I was relieved, however, to find out she only was with him to get free "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" products.

Jason Miller, a self-proclaimed reality TV junkie, is a page designer for the Billings Gazette during daylight hours. He can be reached at or 657-1482.


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