"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the long-running reality program hosted by Ty Pennington, where a team of construction workers and designers provide thorough home makeovers to families who are in great need of them, is currently in the process of reviewing submissions of all areas within a 50-60 mile radius of Indianapolis. Casting Producer Jesse Tannenbaum said a family in Brazil has just as good a chance as any in all the surrounding areas to gain assistance from the show.
"If we found a family in Brazil, that's where we'd (film the show)," Tannenbaum said.
Tannenbaum stated in addition to their living conditions, the show specifically tries to reach out to people who have specifically touching stories.
The primary focus of the show now is working with people Tannenbaum referred to as "local heroes."
"We want to focus on people who have given back in some way despite their personal hardships," Tannenbaum said.
Past instances of "local hero" episodes have ranged from a family who started a little league baseball program for kids with special needs, to a woman who became paralyzed after throwing herself on top of her two sons to protect them from a tornado that was ravaging their home.
Another new feature the show is hoping to implement in its upcoming eighth season on ABC, is the repair of local businesses, such as "Mom & Pop" stores, and local pizza parlors which may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the poor economic situation in the country. Tannenbaum said the show has "dabbled" in such repairs in the past, but they had always been an extension of the home repairs. He said he hoped the next season would mark a more specific effort to spruce up local businesses.
Tannenbaum said even though the show receives thousands of letters for every destination they travel to, he and his staff take the time to read every one, saying "no submission goes unseen." He encouraged everyone who felt they were deserving of the renovative services of the show to submit their stories to the producers, so he and his staff could make the most educated choice possible.
"We try to give everyone a chance," Tannenbaum said. "We're just trying to make people's lives better, and we're open to all submissions."
Deadline for entries is Friday, March 5. Interested parties can submit an e-mail to Castindiana@gmail.com
According to a press release, to be eligible, "a family must own their own single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives."
All nominations/submissions must include:
* The names and ages of each member of the household,
* A description of the major challenges within the home,
* Explanation of why this family is deserving, or a positive role model in their community,
* Photos of the family and a photo of the home, and
* A number at which you can be contacted.