Raising the Roof
On [i]Extreme Makeover: Home Edition[/i], Denise Cramsey leads a nationwide broadcast on the strength of community.
Denise Cramsey is not in the business of solving problems; she's in the business of telling stories. But sometimes the best stories involve a problem solved. Currently working on her eighth reality TV series, the 38-year-old executive producer has found the largest platform and audience of her 16-year career-ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Now in its fourth season, the Emmy-winning show regularly rates first in its Sunday evening time slot-tugging millions of viewer's heartstrings with voyeuristic stories of home renovation and life transformation, punctuated with impeccable product placement.A distinctly American experiment in generosity, EMHE feels curiously closer to Cinderella than to, say, Horatio Alger. It happens like this: a team of producers led by Cramsey sifts through video submissions from families in impoverished conditions-like the Rogers family from 2006, which consisted of a single mother who cared for her incapacitated brother-in-law and home-schooled his three children, as well as eight of her own-all within a 900-square-foot shack in Alaska.
|It is a television show, of course. But more than that, it is actually a mission to go out and help people who need help.|