Body image series airs on BBC America; True Hollywood Story Investigates hazing

Two documentaries debuted this weekend that examine the ways in which people work to be accepted by others, regardless of the consequences.

BBC America airs a five-episode Channel 4 documentary series about body image starting tonight with Super Skinny Me, which airs at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET. The first hour “follows two journalists — Kate Spicer and Louise Burke — as they go on a no-holds-barred journey into the world of extreme dieting. … Supervised by a specialist medical team, Kate and Louise embark on this gruelling weight-loss experiment that stretches them to their physical and emotional limits and helps them understand why modern women obsess about being thin, their weight and food,” according to Channel 4.

Future episodes in the series include 476-lb Teenager, which airs next Sunday; My Small Breasts And I and My Big Breasts And Me, which air the following two weeks; and Teen Transsexual, which wraps up the series on Dec. 30.

Also this weekend, E! debuted a new True Hollywood Stories Investigates documentary, which airs this week on Monday at 12:30 a.m., Thursday at 9 p.m., and Friday at 9:30 a.m. It focuses on hazing from first-person perspectives, including interviews with those who’ve been hazed and actual video of hazing. As E! describes it, the show “investigates the world of hazing — from spankings and hosings to beatings and sexual assault, using never-before-seen video taken by participants.”

Super Skinny Me [Channel 4]
BBC America Reveals [BBC America]

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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