Light Fight Goes Prime Time

The Hyatt Extreme Christmas display is having quite a year.

They were the subject of a rare off-season dispute with local city officials and now they are headed to prime time to compete in a new reality series on ABC about Christmas lighting nuts enthusiasts.

Kathy and Mark Hyatt — whose extravagant and controversial Plantations Acres (Florida) home display features hundreds of thousands of lights, a 20-foot Ferris wheel that gives stuffed animals rides and a snow-blowing machine — will compete on a new ABC reality show called “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

Felicia Carter-Aaron, a show producer, said the series will premiere Dec. 9. There are five episodes, and four families in each episode compete for $50,000.

Show producers in a news release said the Hyatts were chosen from a nationwide search “based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs.” Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are the judges for the series.

Producers said the families competing for money will work to transform their homes “in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious.” The finale will be Dec. 23.

For the producers the scenario is rich with conflict possibilities: will the neighbors cooperate with the Hyatt’s this year? What about the city — will they come out guns blazing against them? Will the Hyatt’s survive to actually compete in the Great Christmas Light Fight?

Tune in.

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