A couple’s life with Down Syndrome, a politician’s crusade to die

Two documentaries airing on HBO explore lives affected by genetic disorders: one who has Parkinson’s and is fighting for the right to die, and the others who are living their lives with Down syndrome.

The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth debuts Wednesday at 8 p.m. on HBO2 and airs on demand. The Oscar-nominated film follows the former Washington state governor who has Parkinson’s disease and led a campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide called Initiative 1000.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

Meanwhile, HBO is also airing Monica and David, a film about a couple in their 30s who happen to have Down syndrome. Filmed by Monica’s cousin, Alexandra Codina, they start their lives as a couple with the support of their families. It repeats Sunday at 8 a.m. ET on HBO Signature and next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on HBO2, and is also available on demand.

Here’s its trailer:

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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