ABC’s Hopkins, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance 4 conclude tonight

ABC has extended its documentary series Hopkins and added a seventh episode, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET and concludes the show’s run, right after So You Think You Can Dance 4‘s finale ends on Fox.

The ABC show is sort of real-life Grey’s Anatomy, and a follow-up to Hopkins 24/7, which aired in 2000. ABC says the four-month-long production “had unparalleled access to this legendary hospital and to more than a hundred caregivers and patients who gave their consent to be filmed,” and “nearly 1500 hours of footage” result in “scenes that are remarkably raw and private.”

The show “was by no measure a hit, averaging 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49,” but “wasn’t a bomb either, sometimes winning its timeslot,” Media Life reports.

While the season is over tonight, you can watch all six episodes online, and it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend six hours. Each episode, shot in HD, focuses on three doctors or others at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. At first, I thought the show moved too quickly, especially shifting from patient to new patient, but it ends up doing an excellent job of connecting us to the doctors and their lives.

Hopkins [ABC]
ABC’s ‘Hopkins,’ a cut above the rest [Media Life]

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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