ABC Cancels EM:HE

 

ABC’s hit reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will ring in its last new year on primetime lineup. After airing four very special episodes, the show will close its ninth and final season with their 200th episode on January 13th, 2012.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition first aired in 2003 as a spinoff from the original Extreme Makeover series where people underwent physical transformation to better their appearance. The goal of the Home Edition was to build new homes within a week for families in need. As the viewer ratings grew, so did the show itself as they visited all fifty states and rebuilt churches, schools, daycares, and other community buildings. EM:HE earned two Emmys for “outstanding reality program” in its nine years. It first aired on Wednesday nights but was later moved to Sundays where it remained till this past fall. ABC’s popular new series Once Upon a Time premiered in its place and EM:HE was moved to Friday nights where it struggled to keep an audience even with high-profile guest appearances from people like First Lady Michelle Obama and the Kardashians.

Ty Pennington, the design team leader and host of the show, called the experience “the greatest job of my life” on his personal website (Typennington.com). He is incredibly grateful for having been apart of a television show that changed the lives of so many people and says its been an honor to work side by side with the EM:HE families, builders, and thousands of volunteers who have proven that good hearts can and do change the world. Pennington is still working with ABC. This time he will be co-hosting with Tim Gunn and Harley Pasternack on a new health and lifestyle program called The Revolution, airing January 16th at 2pm.

Tune in Friday night at 8pm for the final two-hour episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Yardsellr: A New Kind of Yard Sale

A used pink bathrobe, a rare mint snowglobe, a Smurf T.V. tray. These are things that can be found in Weird Al Yankovick’s parody-song “Ebay” and on yardsellr.com. This site is much like Ebay, a user-friendly website where one’s junk can be bought and sold. The main difference in the websites would be the style in which products are organized. Items on Yardsellr are more specifically organized. For example, search “Dolls and Bears” on Ebay, you find a variety of different Barbie dolls as well as baby dolls, American Girl dolls, and a choice of stuffed bears. Looking on Yardsellr, you can find Barbie dolls in their own “block” and stuffed animals in their own according to what kind you’re looking for. Also Yardsellr is social network-oriented. You can get to know a seller in a more personal sense by clicking under the “Meet the Seller” box. There you have the option of finding the seller on Facebook, or sending them a private message. When obtaining your purchase, you sometimes have the option of meeting the seller face-to-face to receive your item.

Yardsellr.com has the atmosphere of yard sale shopping in your own neighborhood. This website can make an interesting networking outlet for avid collectors. Pursue your passions online for a reasonable price and get to know the kindred spirits selling them. Looking for another pet rock, an Alf alarm clock, or Shatner’s old toupee? Find them on Yardsellr.com!

GetGlue

Do you watch a lot of television? How about movies? Hmm, well do you read books, listen to music, or talk about cool topics? You obviously do something! One website is in the business of rewarding you for everything you do, literally! It’s quite simple to understand their concept. You sign up for an account on the website named GetGlue, check-in when you do something such as watch a television show, and then you get rewarded with awesome stickers that not only show up on your account but you can have sent to you in the mail for FREE once you reach 20 stickers, and trust us, it doesn’t take long.

For every 20 stickers you earn you can request them to be sent to you and they will arrive in about 4-6 weeks, sometimes earlier. They have GetGlue apps for pretty much every device you can imagine, so it’s easy to check-in throughout your day! Oh, and if you are at a loss on how to get stickers, just click their Sticker tab and it shows you all of the current ways to get stickers. It’s never been easier to have fun doing the things you love to do and already do while getting rewarded in an awesome way! Don’t worry about these being bad quality either, we have already done this a few times and the stickers look great, just as clear as the ones you earn on the website! Simply go to GetGlue.com and let the sticker collecting begin!

Pottermore

When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published, I don’t think J.K. Rowling anticipated how popular it would be. Readers were introduced to a fantasy world that was full of adventure, friendship, and the ongoing conflict of good vs. evil. Her creation and our imaginations were brought to the big screen when Warner Brothers began filming the movies. Even though the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007, fans still had the movies to look forward to. But with the last movie, the realization finally set in that this was our last time being with Harry. I’ll admit, I felt as if my childhood was finally ending. I had just turned eighteen and I was starting a new chapter of my life. When J.K. Rowling announced that she was starting a new project called Pottermore, I was thrilled.

Pottermore has been in production since 2009 and is currently only available to those who gained early access and they act as beta testers. I am fortunate enough to be one of the beta testers. The website will sell e-books as well as audio books to all seven of the Harry Potter books. That’s not all Pottermore will have for fans, J.K. Rowling is releasing more detailed information and back stories on the characters we have come to know and love. You go through each chapter and learn new things about the world of Harry Potter. Some highlights of the first book are getting your very own wand and getting sorted into one of the Houses at Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. You also get to brew potions and attend Dueling Club. Much like the students at Hogwarts, you will be able to earn points and lose points for your house. Not all books are available at once to explore. There is also no set date to unlock the next book.  Pottermore is available to everyone sometime in October 2011.