‘Ex­treme Makeover’ fea­tur­ing wild­fire vic­tims to air Mon­day

Show filmed a year ago, but pro­duc­ers de­layed air­ing date to save it for the hol­i­day sea­son.

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - By Gary Dinges gdinges@states­man.com states­man.com/go/mul­ti­me­dia. DEB­O­RAH CAN­NON / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN ‘Ex­treme makeover: Home Edi­tion’ view­ing party Episode B

It’s fi­nally time for the big re­veal.

Nearly a year af­ter crews from the ABC net­work’s “Ex­treme Makeover: Home Edi­tion” vis­ited fire-rav­aged Bas­trop County, TV view­ers will get their first look Mon­day night at a house built for the fam­ily of Mizzy Zdroj, a vol­un­teer fire­fighter whose res­i­dence burned to the ground in Septem­ber 2011.

Back-to-back, hour­long edi­tions of the show, hosted by Ty Pen­ning­ton, will air at 7 and 8 p.m.

“This has been the most hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence you could ever imag­ine,” Zdroj told the Amer­i­can-States­man. “When our house burned, all I could think about was, ‘What am I go­ing to do about my kids?’ ”

Episodes of “Ex­treme Makeover: Home Edi­tion” typ­i­cally air about two months af­ter they’re taped, Zdroj said, but pro­duc­ers felt the visit to Bas­trop County was es­pe­cially heart­warm­ing and wanted to save it for the hol­i­day sea­son — thus the long wait. An episode fea­tur­ing a Knoxville, Tenn., fam­ily that aired last week ranked No. 2 in its time slot, at­tract­ing 6.7 mil­lion view­ers na­tion­wide, ac­cord­ing to rat­ings data from Nielsen.

“There are just no words ad­e­quate enough to say how awe­some our house is,” Zdroj said, fight­ing back tears.

Bas­trop County-based EFC Cus­tom Homes worked with 7 p.m. Mon­day KVUE, Chan­nel 24 6:45 p.m. Mon­day Con­cor­dia Univer­sity Texas 11400 Con­cor­dia Univer­sity Drive, Build­ing A chapel con­cor­dia.edu the show to build Zdroj’s new two-bed­room, 2,400-square­foot home in only a week, EFC owner Eric Christophe said. An es­ti­mated 3,000 com­mu­nity vol­un­teers helped with the project, work­ing around the clock.

“When the call from the

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