Last year's "Extreme Makeover" special sucked us in with vignettes of decent-looking folks looking to become glamour-pusses. The weekly show, we imagined, would be a grisly mix of "Are You Hot?" and "The Abominable Dr. Phibes."
But the first three episodes have been three-hanky jobs, as the surgery has bestowed self-confidence on subjects who seemed to truly need it. As John examined his new teeth this week, even his dentist was tearing up. Ethically, we still have reservations about airing an informercial for cosmetic surgery, but we have to admit ABC has managed to make reality TV almost uplifting. The sleaze balls.