I sent an e-mail last week to the ABC PR folks who handle “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to ask them about whether they would act on the online petition seeking help for the Wielinski family, which lost its home and a family member in the Flight 3407 crash in Clarence, which killed 49 people on the plane and one person on the ground.
I asked a series of questions about the Wielinskis specifically and the casting process in general. Following is the response I received:
“We, like the rest of America are deeply saddened by the tragic plane crash in Buffalo, NY, and our hearts go out to all the families who have been affected. We have received the petition and are reviewing it, but we do not comment on the casting process. We truly appreciate the effort involved and are always thrilled to see a community coming together to help each other.”
— Anthony Dominici, Executive Producer
If you ask me, ABC’s getting involved with this matter is a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t tune in to that episode, and who wouldn’t give ABC karma points for helping the surviving mother and daughter of this tragedy? And while they’ve said they don’t want to rebuild on the crash site, who woud disagree that the Wielinskis need any help they can received? It’s a no-lose situation.
For the unititiated, “Extreme Makeover” follows a team of fixer-uppers as the renovate and/or rebuild homes for families affected by tragedy, such as those with a sick child or in which one of the caregivers loses their job.