Laura Bush will appear on a November episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that will be set in Biloxi, Miss.
The episode won’t involve tearing down and rebuilding a house; instead, the LA Times reports, “the show will broadcast from an underserved shelter near Biloxi, where a convoy of trucks stocked with everything from mattresses to pants will arrive, courtesy of Sears, one of the show’s sponsors.”
The LA Times also says that Laura Bush approached producers: she “sought to be on the program because she shares the ‘same principles’ that the producers hold, her press secretary said.”
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition “is considered one of the strongest family hours on television” and “was ranked among the top 15 shows last season with an average 15.8 million viewers,” and thus the Times suggests that’s “probably why the Bush team contacted the show for a booking instead of the other way around.”
Executive producer and creator Tom Forman told the paper, “We got a call from the White House saying, ‘What are you doing and, if you need help, just let us know. We said here’s what we’re doing and if the first lady would like to join us, we’d love to have her.” What will the First Lady do? Forman said, “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?’”
But the LA Times says that “Press secretary Susan Whitson envisioned something closer to her handing out clothing and thanking volunteers.”