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.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.