HBO debuts Plastic Disasters tonight

HBO debuts a new documentary tonight at 10 p.m. ET titled Plastic Disasters. The film is an indirect sibling of reality shows such as The Swan and the original Extreme Makeover, as it “follows three people recovering from surgeries that went horrifically wrong.”

Those surgeries were “relatively minor tweaks (a face-lift, liposuction and a nose job),” The Hollywood Reporter says in its review, noting that the one-hour film shows the results “in graphic detail” as “surgery scenes are gory and frequent. But they are worth acknowledging even with averted eye, to convey the message that plastic surgery is surgery — with no promises of results or guarantee of repair of mistakes.” The paper calls the film “required viewing for anyone contemplating voluntary plastic surgery today.”

The film was produced and directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, who produced HBO’s Emmy-winning documentary Jockey.

Plastic Disasters [HBO]

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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