‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ nominations for Maine due Thursday

Posted March 26, 2009, at 6:33 p.m.

Better late than never: I finally was able to confirm that “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is looking to return to Maine to help another family improve their housing situation.

The applications are due by Thursday, so if you have a family in mind, don’t waste any time. Go to www.abc.go.com and click on the “Extreme Makeover” link. On the right-hand side you’ll find the application information.

The show was in Maine last year for a Milbridge makeover, and three years ago it helped a family in Wells.

If ABC does venture back to the East Coast, I’m sure there will be controversy again about whom is chosen, but remember that this is television and in this economy, drumming up some business for the locals can’t be a bad thing.

On a lighter note, I have yet another idea for a reality TV show. Keeping with the theme of the 2007 movie “The Bucket List,” we need a feel-good show about people living out a childhood dream.

For example, when I heard that New Kids on the Block was coming to Portland for a show, I was thrilled that a group of the best gals I know wanted to make the trip. Most of them had seen the show when they were younger (except one — who will remain anonymous — who stalked the boys to Beantown last year). As for me, I was too little and wasn’t allowed to go to Old Orchard Beach 20 years ago for the outdoor concert and always have wanted to relive that moment.

I got the chance Wednesday night, and there’s nothing like a room full of grown women screaming and swooning over their preteen and teenage heartthrobs. It was completely worth missing a night of “American Idol” performances and it made me think, wouldn’t it make great TV to surprise someone by allowing them to live out a little piece of their childhood? Who wouldn’t want the chance to check an item off their bucket list of things to do before they die?

It’s perfect, and I’ll be sure to let all the major networks know I’m waiting for my royalty check.

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