October 11, 2010
Extreme Home Makeover searches for Knoxville family

From Knoxville Journal staff reports

News@theknoxvillejournal.com

ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover”is looking to bring the famous bus to East Tennessee to rebuild a Knoxville family’s home.

“We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” Supervising Casting Director Adam Drucker said.

Drucker said the show is looking for a family with a strong integrity who is really making an impact on the community.

“We’re looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up,” he said. “Whether it’s keeping their chin up in really tough circumstances or going out of their way to help others, we want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people’s lives.”

“There are a lot of people who are heroes to those around them, because of the way they inspire others and quietly serve their communities on a daily basis,” Drucker added.

The producers are particularly searching for people whose homes are in dire need of their help.

“We really want to help families whose homes present major problems for the family, those big issues that affect the family’s quality of life on a daily basis,” Drucker said. “We want to find deserving people who just don’t have the resources, ability or time to fix those serious issues without our help.”

This season “Extreme Home Makeover” is also looking for families, who do not own their homes, so long as land is available through other sources, a nonprofit, city or county, according to a release.

Nominations may be submitted by the family or by a member of their community.  Each nomination must include the names and ages of every member of the household, along with a description of the major challenges within the home, and a short description of the family story.

Anyone submitting a nomination should be sure to explain why the nominated family is deserving, heroic and a great role model for their community.  If possible, include recent photos of the family and home.  All nominations must also include a contact phone number.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31 and the submissions should be sent to CastingTennesee@gmail.com. More information is available at www.abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply.

Each episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is self-contained and features a race against time to complete a project that would ordinarily take months, involving a team of designers, contractors and several hundred workers who have just seven days to rebuild an entire property.

The episodes begin with team leader Ty Pennington’s now-famous “Good morning” wake-up call, when he and his design team surprise the family with news their home has been chosen to receive a makeover. Viewers witness the transformation of the house and see how the makeover has impacted the lives of the deserving families.

The design team includes team leader Ty Pennington with designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson, Eduardo Xol, John Littlefield, Jillian Harris and Xzibit.

The program has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive) and is in it’s 7th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Brady Connell and George Verschoor are the executive producers and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.