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'Home Edition' Enlists First Lady

(Posted September 28, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is taking its do-gooding team to the Gulf Coast to assist with hurricane recovery efforts, and it's bringing along a celebrity guest: the first lady.

Laura Bush was scheduled to be in Biloxi, Miss., Tuesday (Sept. 27) to tape a segment of the show. The "Home Edition" crew was set to visit a shelter in the Biloxi area and deliver bedding, clothing and other supplies to people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

It's unclear what the first lady's role in the show might be, although "Home Edition" executive producer Tom Forman put it this way to the Los Angeles Times: "I think we say, 'Mrs. Bush, the stuff is over here, the people are over there, could you grab the other end of that mattress?'"

In interviews, Forman says the show is eager to help families affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which have ravaged parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in the past month. For the episode involving the first lady, though, the show is abandoning its formula of rebuilding a needy family's home in a week's time and instead delivering truckloads of supplies -- much of them donated by show sponsors like Sears -- to the region.

A November airdate airdate is likely for the episode involving Mrs. Bush. "EM: Home Edition," a top-20 hit last season, began its third season Sunday (Sept. 25) with an episode devoted to renovating the home of an Iraq veteran who lost his leg to a roadside bomb.

Source: Zap2it

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