Bindi Irwin’s new series debut on Animal Planet as part of Irwin Family Weekend

This weekend, Animal Planet will air what it’s calling the Irwin Family Weekend. It starts with a special tonight, and will be followed by the debuts of two new series, all of which seem designed to pass the Crocodile Hunter torch from Steve Irwin to his daughter, Bindi, following his death last fall.

The weekend starts with a special, My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Steve Irwin’s daughter “hosts her very first hour long television special taking viewers on her own personal and private look at what it was like growing up with her famous dad,” and “shows clips from her early childhood and goes behind the scenes on some of his most exciting TV shows and movies. We get to see just how Steve Irwin taught his daughter everything she needed to know about wildlife and caring for their habitat,” according to the network.

Saturday night at 5 is the debut of Bindi’s new series, Bindi: The Jungle Girl, which was filmed prior to Steve’s death. Animal Planet says that she narrates “[f]rom her tree house perched high in the jungle,” and will be “joined in every episode by her dad, Steve Irwin,” her mom, Terri, and others, who “introduce us to many of the animals that share her jungle home.”

Planet’s Best with Terri & Bindi debuts Sunday at 8, and features the two “host[ing] Animal Planet’s best specials.”

My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter, Bindi: The Jungle Girl, and Planet’s Best [Animal Planet]

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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