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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' back for a holiday run

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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 5:30 am

Get out your hankies. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- canceled earlier this year -- is back for a four-week holiday-themed run.

The opener (9 p.m. EST Monday, ABC) focuses on the Watson family from Knoxville, Tenn. They gave up their careers to open Restoration House, a ministry for single mothers.

Daniel and Mandy Watson have three adopted children and are helping other women with children get their lives together by helping them organize their lives and get on track with jobs and education.

In doing so, the Watsons sacrificed their own comfort, living in a worn-down country house with rotted floors and water leaking from the pipes.

Hundreds of volunteers lent a helping hand, and the TV show's usual team of design experts brought its touch to every inch.

"It's far less stressful in this new house," Daniel says. "It has changed our day-to-day lives. We're a lot less stressed, and the kids are a lot less stressful.

"When Mom and Dad are stressed, the kids pick up on that. It has allowed us to focus on the passions in our lives, like advocacy ... and helping out."

An agreement with ABC prevents the Watsons from turning around and selling the house for a year. Not that they'd do that.

Their new home is 1,500 square feet larger than their old one. A solar-energy system offsets the expense of heating the place.

Ten months after "Extreme Makeover" did the good deed for them, the Watsons are still trying to navigate their lives.

"People are always asking if our lives have gotten back to normal," Daniel says. "I say we're finding out our new normal."

Other highlights for the week of Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 (listings subject to change; check local listings)


-- "Downton Abbey Revisited" (8 p.m., PBS). Late to the "Downton Abbey" experience? Well, loser, here's your chance to find out what it's all about. This special with Angela Lansbury looks at the series. The new season starts in January.

-- "Hitched For The Holidays" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel). Two New Yorkers -- one a Christian, the other Jewish -- try to fool their families during the holidays when they spend time with them in this family-friendly film.


-- "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" (8 p.m., ABC). The winner of this season is announced and then goes back to obscurity.

-- "Great Performances: Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby" (8 p.m., PBS). The rocker who once asked "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" now is covering holiday classics.


-- "Rizzoli & Isles" (9 p.m., TNT). Five new episodes pick up from last summer as Jane's younger -- and screwed-up -- brother finds out he's going to be a dad, and Lydia abandons her newborn on Jane's front porch.


-- "Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings" (10:30 p.m., E!). Whitney Cummings launches a weekly talk show about love, life and her take on celebrity happenings.


-- "30 Rock" (8 p.m., NBC). Gentlemen, Liz Lemon is officially off the market after tonight's episode.

-- "Rocket City Rednecks" (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel). Launching a second season, the reality show about an innovator and self-proclaimed redneck looks at his latest innovations -- such as a supposedly tsunami-proof survival pod.

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