Michael Vicks dogs featured in DogTown; The Locator, Sandhogs also debut this weekend

A diverse group of of new reality shows debuts this weekend, with subjects ranging from rehabilitated dogs to men who work in sewers.

Tonight with the 9 p.m. ET return of National Geographic Channel’s DogTown, the series that follows the rehabilitation of dogs at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, which the network says is “often the last hope for dogs requiring specialized or urgent medical attention or for abused and neglected animals.”

Tonight, a special two-hour episode titled “Saving the Michael Vick Dogs” follows four of the 22 pit bulls that were sent to be rehabilitated after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s property was raided and dozens of fighting pit bulls were discovered. One of those four dogs, Georgia, had her teeth removed for an unknown reason; another, Denzel, is sick with a life-threatening parasite.

Saturday night at 9, WE tv debuts The Locator, a series that follows professional locator Troy Dunn as he reunites people who have somehow lost touch or otherwise become estranged. The series follows a monthly “Angel Case,” which the network says “usually comes to Troy because there is an urgent need to find someone and because she has exhausted all other possible avenues.” If it’s not obvious, it’s a tear-jerker.

Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET, History Channel looks for another Ice Road Truckers when it debuts Sandhogs following the second-season finale of its first tough-jobs hit. The new show exchanges freezing cold environments for the tunnels beneath New York City, and follows the “urban miners” who “are the builders of water and sewage tunnels, subway systems and bridge footings, all of which are the most crucial and underappreciated elements of the city’s infrastructure,” according to the network.

DogTown [National Geographic Channel]
The Locator [WE tv]
Sandhogs [History Channel]

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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