The producers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," are looking for residents in need of a home makeover.
"We are looking for inspirational families that America can really root for," show casting director Quintin Strack said.
According to a press release provided by the show, host Ty Pennington and his crew have traveled across the country and might possibly come to Indiana for the show's sixth season.
Strack said the show is looking for heroes, or "people that have amazing strength and who have put their own needs aside to help someone else."
"We don't want to tear down a nice looking house," Strack continued. "We want to see houses that look like they might fall down on their own!"
"It's just what we're looking for," show casting associate Lauren Spiegel said.
"There are a lot of definitions of a hero."
To be eligible, a family must own their own single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a difference in their lives. All families interested in applying should e-mail a short description of their story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations must include the names and ages of each member of the household along with a description of the major challenges within the home. The show also asks those interested in applying to explain why the family is deserving, heroic, or a positive role model within their community and, if possible, include a recent photo of the family. The producers of the show also ask those interested to provide a contact number.
The deadline for nominations is May 9.
"We're just looking for a great family," Spiegel said.
According to the press release, each episode of the show is "self-contained," and features a race against time on a project that would ordinarily take at least four months to achieve, involving a team of designers, contractors and several workers who have just seven days to rebuild an entire house -- including all rooms, plus the exterior and landscaping.
The lives of the chosen family are changed when they learn that they have been selected to have their home walls removed, their floors replaced and their facades radically changed.
Each episode begins with Pennington's now-famous "Good Morning," wake-up call, when he, along with the other designers, surprises an unexpected family with news that their home was chosen to receive a makeover. Then, viewers witness the transformation of the home while also seeing how the home makeover impacted the lives of the family.
The design team includes Pennington, with designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson, Tanya McQueen, Eduardo Xol and John Littlefield. New designers this season include Rib Hillis and Didi Ayer.
The show has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive) and is currently in its fifth season.
The show is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey serves as the show executive producer and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.
Spiegel said the show was in Indiana during its fourth season but has not been back since.
She added the process of choosing a family may take time.
"It's a long process," she said. "It could be within the next few months."