A&E’s Family Plots debuts tonight.

A&E’s Family Plots debuts tonight.
A&E’s reality version of HBO’s Six Feet Under debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Family Plots follows the staff of the Poway Bernardo Mortuary in San Diego, which includes a father, his three daughters, and three others. Judging by critics’ reactions, it’s DOA.

The show gets zero stars from the New York Daily News’ David Bianculli, who says it’s “the most repugnant series in prime time,” in part because the show doesn’t “shy away from showing bodies being worked on by morticians.” He also says it’s guilty of “lazy theft” for stealing the concept of Six Feet Under and the theme song from “Showtime’s comedy-drama about the afterlife, ‘Dead Like Me.'”

The Boston Globe calls the series “an irritating trifle that exploits the emotions of mourning relatives and the corpses of their loved ones.” The series does find a fan in the Baltimore Sun, which says the first two episodes “are seductive in an easygoing, quirky sort of way” and show “skill and thought.”

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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