One of the little sidebar stories surrounding the arrival of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in Knoxville concerned a helicopter. The show had to briefly suspend filming on Tuesday because of the noise from a helicopter overhead. One of the local newscasts showed the distinctive black and yellow markings of Scenic Helicopter Tours. I had no idea that the passenger inside would turn out to be Taz Cable of SMOMOtv.
A media advisory on Tuesday night said that the “Extreme Makeover” crew would be shooting a segment with Jenny McCarthy at the Knoxville Zoo on Wednesday. Why shoot a segment at the zoo? My wife and I speculated that they wanted to visit someplace in Knoxville that appealed to families and had a connection to the Watsons. I predicted that they would come back with a painting made by one of the African elephants.
The awful weather caused a change in plans. Instead of visiting the zoo, Jenny was on the green-screen stage at HP Video. They shot the zoo segment on Thursday with designer Paul DiMeo instead of Jenny. As predicted, he got a piece of elephant art.