Modern Family is coming to an end. The final season of the long-running ABC sitcom will begin airing this fall, and the show will wrap up its 11-season run in 2020.
Though it will be months before the show officially ends, the Modern Family stars are already moving on to new projects. Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy, has joined the cast of Amy Poehler’s new animated Fox sitcom Duncanville, which will premiere during the 2019-20 season. Sofia Vergara will star in Bottom of the 9th with her husband Joe Manganiello. And Jesse Tyler Ferguson is taking his talents to HGTV.
Ferguson will host Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Ferguson’s next career move will see him hosting a reboot of a popular reality TV program. The 43-year-old actor has signed on to man the bullhorn on HGTV’s new version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
“I was so inspired by the original series and now I can’t wait to help families as the new host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Ferguson said in a statement.
HGTV is making some changes
The revived Extreme Makeover: Home Edition sounds like it will be similar to the original show, which aired on ABC from 2003 to 2012. However, HGTV is also promising to put its own spin on the series.
As in the initial version of the show, the reboot will spotlight local heroes who give back to their communities despite the personal challenges they face. Crews will remodel not only the home’s interior but also the exterior and landscaping — all within seven days.
However, as Variety noted, choosing an actor like Ferguson as host marks a departure from the show’s roots. In its first run, carpenter Ty Pennington hosted. But this change suggests the new Extreme Makeover will focus more on feel-good stories and less on the nitty-gritty details of construction and home repair.
“Jesse’s participation as host of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of the ways that HGTV will put its own creative lens on the series,” said HGTV president Jane Latman. “We’ll make some variations to creative aspects of the show, but it will always deliver the great storytelling that made it one of the most iconic and successful properties in television. Jesse’s a funny guy, with a warm, caring nature who will help us find the humor and joy in every situation, so that will make this a unique viewing experience for everyone.”
One other big change to the show is that you now don’t have to own your own home to get a home makeover. Producers are looking for families “that have incredible stories of strength and perseverance” and who “don’t have the resources, ability or time to fix their house issues, or [who] are not homeowners, and deserve a brand new house!”
The 10 all-new episodes of the home makeover show will air on HGTV in 2020.
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