ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: First Lady Michelle Obama will tape her first appearance on network reality TV this week as a guest star in ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
The White House says Mrs. Obama will travel on Thursday to Fayetteville, N.C., where she will roll up her sleeves and help expand a community resource center for homeless female veterans located just outside the gates of Ft. Bragg.
The first lady’s participation is framed as part of the “Joining Forces” initiative she began with Dr. Jill Biden to provide support and recognition to military veterans and their families.
George Verschoor, executive producer of “Extreme Makeover,” said Mrs. Obama will work specifically on a new greenhouse and a children’s playhouse at the center, the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House.
She is also expected to participate in a special project to honor the center’s founder, Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran, he said.
“When the first lady first saw this story, she was so moved by Barbara Marshall and the work she’s doing,” Verschoor said. “The first lady has said she not only wants to do something for the whole house… but she also wanted to do something personal for Barbara.”
Marshall, a former chaplain, has served hundreds of women veterans since opening the center a little over a year ago, Verschoor said, but her center is only able to provide living accommodations to five women at a time.
“Her problem is the house is so small,” he said. “So that’s what we’re doing this week: expanding the capacity of the house and to all of her resources so she can help even more.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
Mrs. Obama, no stranger to the television limelight, has previously appeared on PBS’s “Sesame Street,” Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and a mix of daytime TV talk shows and late-night comedy.
Her appearance on “Extreme Makeover,” which will air in October, follows a similar one by former First Lady Laura Bush, who was featured in a 2005 episode taped at a Biloxi, Miss., home damaged by Hurricane Katrina.