A&E’s first reality TV show will follow a family and their mortuary business.

A&E’s first reality TV show will follow a family and their mortuary business.
A&E’s first reality TV show will follow a family who runs a mortuary. According to The Washington Post, Dearly Departed “follows the Wissmillers, a trio of adult sisters who work at a mortuary in Poway, a quiet suburb of San Diego. Their father also works there but not as owner of the business; that distinction belongs to a fiance of one of the sisters.”

A&E exec Bob DeBitetto compares the show not to Six Feet Under, but to The Osbournes, because he says “there’s a tremendous amount of humor. But nothing frivolous, because these people are working in the shadow of death.” Still, he says “it’s not about shock value,” so no apparently there will be no shots of mangled corpses.

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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