EMMY AWARD WINNER PATRICIA HEATON AND MUSIC GROUP FIVE FOR FIGHTING
"GET ON THE BUS" FOR SEASON PREMIERE OF "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION," SEPT. 27
On August 3, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to South Range, WI, to tell Howard Huber, a hero firefighter and his service minded wife, Jessica, that they will have a newly rebuilt home in seven days. Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton is the celebrity volunteer for this episode - meeting the family, helping on the build -- and the music group Five for Fighting (new single "Chances," "Superman," "100 Years") will perform. The two-part season premiere airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.
When Howie and Jessica met, they each felt they'd found a true partner, someone who valued hard work and community involvement. They bought a dilapidated farmhouse, figuring that Howie could fix it up within a few years, as he used to work in construction. Although they were struggling financially, Jessica, a nursing student, encouraged Howie to pursue his lifelong dream of being a firefighter. Through long hours of hard work and with as many as five jobs between them, the Hubers were able to both pay off their debt and see Howie established as the most popular and most decorated firefighter in town. In the meantime, both Hubers did everything they could to repair the old house that was the only home they could afford. Unfortunately, they now know that it's far beyond their ability to repair. The two story farmhouse has a chimney separating from house, improperly installed windows and severe water damage throughout; the electrical, heat and sewage systems are unsafe; every time Howie goes to work, he fears that the next 911 call he intercepts might be about his own home. Now it's up to Ty and the gang to allay Howie's fear and fulfill his wish to have a home that's safe for their children.
The Huber family went on vacation to the Disney Vacation club in Hawaii while the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team, local builder Builders Commonwealth, workers and volunteers transformed their home. The design team for this episode featured team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paige Hemmis, Paul Dimeo and Eduardo Xol.
Patricia Heaton will be seen this fall starring in the ABC comedy "The Middle," as Frankie, a super mom who is trying to find balance between her family and career in the mid-west. Heaton is perhaps best known for her role as Debra Barone on the award-winning series "Everybody Loves Raymond." She won two Emmy(r) Awards for the role and was nominated seven times. In addition to her Emmy wins, she is also the recipient of the Best Comedy Actress Award from the Viewers for Quality Television, a SAG Award and three SAG nominations in the Best Actress category for her work on "Raymond." Heaton most recently starred opposite Kelsey Grammer in the critically acclaimed comedy series "Back to You." Other television credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame film, "Front of the Class," a recurring role on ABC's popular series "thirtysomething" and prominent roles in the series "Room for Two," "Someone Like Me" and "Women of the House," as well as the television films "A Town Without Christmas" and "Miracle in the Woods." Her feature film credits include "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," "Beethoven," "New Age" and "Space Jam." On stage Heaton garnered praise and a Lortel Award nomination for the role as Stella in the Second Stage production of "The Scene," a new play by Theresa Rebeck. Heaton produced and starred in the TNT/FourBoys Films production, "The Engagement Ring." She also starred in the TNT/Neil Simon production of "The Goodbye Girl" and ABC's "The Path to 9/11." Other producing credits include "The Engagement Ring" for TNT, the documentary feature film "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania" and the film "Amazing Grace," all produced by her production company FourBoys Films, which she runs with her husband, David Hunt. In addition to her acting and producing credits, Heaton is a bestselling author whose book, Motherhood and Hollywood -- How to Get a Job Like Mine, made the New York Times Bestsellers list.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The executive producer is Anthony Dominici.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. It carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
For more information on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," visit ABC.com