On Veteran’s Day, the stories of soldiers with PTSD from James Gandolfini

Today is Veterans Day, and to commemorate that, HBO debuts a documentary about veterans, Wartorn: 1861-2010, and it focuses on the effects of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, on the people who’ve fought for us over the past two centuries. The film, directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Gooseberg Kent, is executive produced by James Gandolfini, the actor best known for playing the lead role in The Sopranos. He previously interviewed wounded Iraq war vets for a 2007 HBO documentary.

HBO says Wartorn, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET, tells the “personal stories of American soldiers whose lives and psyches were torn asunder by the horrors of battle and PTSD” and examines “the lingering effects of combat stress and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history, from the Civil War through today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Watch 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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