Extreme Makeover farm belongs to grandma; her home was hidden with hay.

Extreme Makeover farm belongs to grandma; her home was hidden with hay.
The Bakersfield Californian flings crap at the walls of the new house constructed on last night’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, suggesting that Jennifer Elcano and her kids didn’t need some of the things they were given. The paper’s gripe: “the property south of Bakersfield is actually owned by Linda, not Jennifer. All of the new irrigation systems, all of the improvements on the Elcano farm–including the new house and barn–are owned by the family matriarch, not Glen Elcano’s widow.” And the kids’ grandmother “owns the land outright, so it’s in no danger of being lost to creditors or corporate interests.” On the show, Ty framed some of the improvements as helping to keep the farm alive. Reporter Steven Mayer has to squeeze this out of Linda, who says, “It’s kind of a touchy subject. I don’t want to sour things.” More interestingly, the paper reveals that “Linda Elcano’s modest home, which is adjacent to the new house, was hidden by dozens of hay bales stacked up by the TV crew. Apparently they didn’t want it showing on camera.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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