Disabled model competition Britain’s Missing Top Model debuts on BBC America tonight

The 2008 BBC reality competition Britain’s Missing Top Model comes to the U.S. tonight when BBC America debuts the series at 9 p.m. ET. The show is pretty much Top Model, but its eight contestants, who are competing for a photo shoot and Marie Claire spread, are disabled.

Their disabilities range from being deaf to having missing limbs, and the show’s web site says it “sets out to challenge the fashion industry’s boundaries and redefine society’s concept of the ideal woman.” How did Tyra Banks not think of this first?

Here’s a season preview–the first few minutes of the first episode, I think–from the show’s broadcast in the UK:

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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