September 23, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
"Rogers Family," Parts 1 & 2 — This season, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be traveling all across America to build homes for families in the 50 states. Near or far, east or west, there’s no place EM:HE won’t go to help a family in need. On their first stop they’re heading all the way up to North Pole, Alaska! Betsy Rogers, a single mother who has spent her life caring for her 13-member family and others, will receive a new and renovated home in a remarkable seven days in the special season premiere episodes of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The large Rogers family are well-known in their community for their selfless attitudes and strong morals. All the children excel in everything they do, whether it’s sports or academics. Betsy was raised in a bi-racial family, and later married into a bi-racial marriage; as a result, she strives to teach her family and community about diversity and respect for others. A well known and much respected figure throughout the community, Betsy is a team mother for both the football and wrestling teams and a second mom to most of the kids in the area. She has passed her selfless values on to her children; her two eldest sons, Christopher and Jonathan, went on a two-week mission trip in Honduras to help build homes for those who live in worse conditions than even they could imagine.
But the Rogers family has recently fallen on hard times. Shortly after Betsy’s marriage ended, leaving the family in a difficult financial situation, her brother had kidney failure and began dialysis treatments. Despite her family’s already difficult living conditions, Betsy immediately invited her brother and his three children to move in with her family.
The newly-increased family of thirteen is crammed into the Rogers’ current two-bedroom home. The tiny house is literally falling apart around them: Walls are separating from each other, windows are cracked and broken, the house has no foundation and the front door doesn’t lock and can’t even stay shut. Worst of all, the water heater only supplies enough heat for one warm shower and the house is without insulation – these problems can create major health threats when the temperature gets as low as minus sixty degrees in the Alaskan winter.
In this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Ty and the gang travels to the North Pole to deliver an early Christmas gift for Betsy and her incredible family – a new home and a new sense of security.
While the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team, local builder Landmark, Inc, and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Rogers’ house into a dream home, the family goes on vacation to Disneyland, CA. In addition, the Seattle Seahawks’ Matt Hasselbeck, Shaun Alexander and Lofa Tutupu bring their game and show some teamwork on the build.
The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, as well as Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis and Preston Sharp.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its fourth season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer, and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.