NEW YORK – March 14, 2013 – Back for a fourth season, George to the Rescue finds home improvement guru George Oliphant tackling home renovation projects across America, offering help and hope to deserving families. George to the Rescue’s 2013 Spring Season premieres locally on NBC 4 New York on Saturday, March 23rd at 10 AM.
This season’s George to the Rescue is mainly dedicated to helping those families who were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. After its sweep through the northeast, the hurricane left countless homeowners yearning for a return to normalcy. The first episode of George to the Rescuerevolves around the Misiur family who have lived 100 yards from water for 11 years, in their two-story Sayreville home.
The night of Hurricane Sandy, Janet and Joseph Misiur sent their daughters to stay with relatives while they weathered the storm. After losing power and realizing the severity of the situation, they stored as much as they could on the second floor, before wading through knee-high river waters out their front door. Hurricane Sandy left the family with a murky mess of a ground floor, ruined appliances and furniture, and a severely damaged hardwood floor.
George and his team set out to fix the damage from the hurricane as well as renovate the Misiur’s home. George teams up with contractor Matt Wendorff and designer Amre Griffin to work on this rescue. Tune in on Saturday, March 23rd to share the uplifting experience as the Misiurs get their home back.
In the next episode, George comes to the rescue of a lifetime member of “the brotherhood” – The Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Gary, who was wounded during his stint in the Vietnam War as an air reconnaissance pilot, returned to civilian life at FDNY, where he was severely injured in the line of duty.
When Superstorm Sandy hit, Gary’s wife, Marion, wanted to stay home and protect her animals. Gary’s FDNY injury left him wounded and unable to lift more than 40 pounds so Marion had to do the bulk of the lifting as the waters came pouring in.
Gary and Marion have lived in South Freeport on Long Island for 11 years, and had standard homeowners insurance but no flood insurance. The night of the storm, the couple, who are in their mid-60s, frantically moved everything they could from the ground floor up to higher floors. As flood waters crept in faster and higher, they grabbed the bare essentials and watched as their lives on the bottom floor succumbed to the flood waters. Eco Building Products and designer Barbara Moore work with George to put Gary and Marion’s home back together.
“This new season of George to the Rescue will bring a fusion of emotions as George and his team give Hurricane Sandy victims their lives back,” says Andrew Scerbo, Supervising Producer of George to the Rescue. “George is teaming up with the best contractors and designers so viewers can look forward to huge make-overs and lots of tears of joy!”
Upcoming episodes take George and his team to Maplewood, NJ where high school lacrosse standout Ryan Burbank suffered an swimming pool accident, leaving 18-year-old Ryan paralyzed from the chest down. Ryan received treatment for two months at the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange, where he was unable to use his hands or lower body. With his home no longer suitable to live in, the Burbank family was in dire need of a kitchen and living room transformation to accommodate his condition and allow the Burbank family to once again spend quality time together as a whole. Keep up with George to the Rescue to watch the team transform Ryan’s home into a more accessible and enjoyable living environment!
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For more information contact: Dawn Rowan, NBC 4 New York, 212-664-5247, email@example.com
About George to the Rescue
Each week, Emmy® Award-Winning host George Oliphant teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. From complete design updates to brand new kitchens and community centers, George to the Rescue fixes the homes of those in need. A spinoff of the successful Open House franchise, George to the Rescue has resonated with audiences across the country. Episodes begin with the homeowners plea for help and the exciting moment when George and his team meet them for the first time to tell them they are about to be rescued. The makeover and renovation process is energetic and dramatic as the team deals with time issues, budget, and overcoming the inevitable hiccups of home improvement projects. In the end, there is nothing better than seeing the looks on the families faces when they step into their new space for the first time, and know that a community came together to come to their rescue.
George to the Rescue is produced by LX.TV, the lifestyle production arm of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal. The show airs on the 10 NBC-owned television stations: WNBC (New York), KNBC (Los Angeles), WMAQ (Chicago), WCAU (Philadelphia), KXAS (Dallas-Fort Worth), KNTV (San Francisco Bay Area), WRC (Washington, D.C.), WTVJ (South Florida), KNSD (San Diego) and WVIT (Connecticut) as well as the NBC affiliate station in Boston. Check local listings for airtimes.
Show segments will also appear on www.nbcnewyork/georgetotherescue as well as on NBC Owned Stations’ digital out-of-home properties, such as taxi cabs. Viewers can also get show updates via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/georgetotherescue and Twitter at @george2rescue and @georgeoliphant.