Sex Change Hospital and Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth both debut tonight

Two very different professions will be chronicled on two cable reality series that debut tonight.

At 11 p.m. ET, WE tv debuts Sex Change Hospital, a six-episode series that first aired last year in the UK and that follows men and women who change their sex surgically. The surgery is performed in Trinidad, Colorado, by Dr. Marci Bowers, who is herself transexual. Each episode follows two patients who range from “retired grandfathers to construction workers, businessman to office managers,” according to the network.

A 2007 profile of Bowers in the Denver Post said she charges $17,500 per surgery, and is “booked solid, week after week,” and “most of her patients are men becoming women.”

At 10, the Discovery Channel follows those who participate in the 1,150 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in its six-episode series Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth (which has an apparently flexible name, as the Discovery Channel itself refers to the show in some places as “Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod”). It’s produced by Thom Beers’ Original Productions, which produces Deadliest Catch and other extreme jobs shows, so this fits right in.

Last year’s race “was documented from beginning to end through the eyes of the men and women who dared to take on the monumental challenge,” according to the network, and follows them through “frozen rivers, barren tundra, mountains and thick forest in freezing temperatures.” Or, as the trailer puts it, “over 1100 miles of frozen hell.” Watch the preview here:

Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth [Discovery Channel]
Sex Change Hospital [WE tv]
Trinidad’s transgender rock star [Denver Post]

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