Extreme Makeover: Home Edition premiered tonight and I'm watching it right now. Because I am a firm believer in enhanced TV and because I missed the first 10 minutes, I did a little research on this episode before committing. As it turns out, this week's family resides in Hawaii and had their home torn apart by flooding. The matriarch, Theresa Akana, runs a non-profit organization and community center she started and has since helped 9,000 people. ABC boasted that this would be the largest build in Home Makeover history, since the family and the community center were getting new homes. Sounds perfect. Oh and not that it matters, but Akana and her husband have a combined income of $225,000 a year. No biggie though right?
In an interview with the Orlando Journal Sentinel, executive producer EM:HE Denise Cramsey said the families are selected based on "desperation and deserving." I suppose the Akana's had done a lot for their small town. Judging from the 3,000 people who helped them that week, the rest of the community thought they needed the help and support. But did the family deserve it more than the countless numbers of families who've applied for the show? I want to say no, but hundreds of families can't be wrong right?
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