Starting Over cast member’s cancer story is an “homage” to Mary-Ellis Bunim.

Starting Over cast member’s cancer story is an “homage” to Mary-Ellis Bunim.
A recent Starting Over storyline focuses on Allison, a woman who has breast cancer. After a mastectomy and radiation therapy, she’s now “here not only to heal herself and learn how to deal with this, but she’s willing to help everyone in her own way,” executive producer Millee Taggart-Ratcliffe tells The Starr Report. Executive producer and series co-creator Jonathan Murray says that “Mary-Ellis battled cancer for many years and had to go through a lot of the same things Allison has gone through. This story, in every way, makes us think of Mary-Ellis.” The other executive producer notes that Alison and Mary-Ellis even share the same doctor. Taggart-Ratcliffe says, “We’re trying to use Mary- Ellis’ experience to help us. The doctor that Allison is seeing is the same doctor who kept Mary-Ellis alive.”

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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