Construction equipment competition coming to Discovery

The Discovery Channel, which mostly airs docudrama-style reality shows, has added a new competition series, Machines of Glory, that has contestants operating heavy construction machinery.

Each episode includes three crews who “will compete in outrageous challenges while operating massive machines including powerful excavators, speedy backhoes and agile skid steers, to prove that they have what it takes to win a cash prize … The two crews with the most points after three rounds will go head to head in one final challenge that incorporates all three machines.”

Extreme Makeover designer Johnny Littlefield will host the three-episode series, which debuts in March.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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