Former Tribe DH Joe Charboneau’s new venture — ‘Catastrophe Inc.’ — begins on HGTV


Former Indians designated hitter Joe Charboneau will make his HGTV debut in the premiere of Catastrophe Inc. Charboneau has joined forces with licensed recovery contractors Ed Ranieri and Enzo Maddalena, along with designer Kari Openshaw to rebuild homes — and ultimately lives — affected by tragedies.

Traveling from Nashville to Colorado Springs, the construction crew has filmed 13 episodes, spanning a period of seven weeks. The first episode of Catastrophe Inc. will air at 10 a.m. ET on HGTV, followed by the second episode at 10:30 a.m.

“I’m horribly excited; I’m horribly nervous,” Ranieri said. “We do this every day in normal life, but doing it behind the camera for everyone to see is nerve-wracking but a really cool opportunity.”

The television series represents the perfect mix of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Holmes on Homes, Ranieri said.

The crew set out with the goal of helping others affected by natural disasters, such as wildfires, tornados and hurricanes, as well as those whose homes have been damaged in car wrecks. Ranieri said, however, the experience has been more about consoling residents and making them find comfort in their new home.

“Just when you think you’ve seen it all in disaster recovery, you walk into something, and every time it’s a unique scenario because every time there’s emotion involved,” Ranieri said. “If you can provide comfort to someone who just lost their home, rebuilding the bricks and mortar is easy, but rebuilding the sense of security and making them feel good about going home again — that’s what we specialize in.”

Ranieri said Charboneau, “the Ty Pennington of Catastrophe Inc.” has a gift of making others feel comfortable around him.

“Joe makes that easy because Joe does it through laughter; he’s got such a unique personality and such a big character,” Ranieri said. “Laughter is the window to our soul; if we can laugh in some of the worst times of our life, I think that’s a great feeling process. Not only do we want to rebuild the bricks and mortar, but we want to rebuild that sense of security.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

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