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Discovery Fit & Health airs night of Ebola documentaries

If you’re not scared of enough things in the world today, you may want to tune in for Discovery Fit & Health’s (DFH) “Ebola: Are We Next?” night on Sept. 18. The network is briefly breaking into its monthlong “Sextember” programming event (including the preemption of the special 100 Orgasms a Day) to present a few documentaries about the deadly Ebola virus. “Ebola: Are We Next?” is a block of programming dedicated to specials primarily about the dreaded Ebola virus, but also other outbreak-themed specials, too. At the heart of the block is the premiere special Ebola: Inside the Deadly […]

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‘The Girl With Half a Face’ spotlights Sarah Atwell’s courageous life

The Girl With Half a Face premieres Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery Fit & Health. When Sarah Atwell was a toddler, her new stepdad Kenny noticed that something was different about the little girl’s face — even before Sarah’s own devoted mother, Tara, realized anything was amiss. Soon enough, Sarah —now 17 — was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, or NF, a genetic disorder that in Sarah’s rare case caused a large, drooping tumor to slowly develop over the right side of her face. She inherited NF from Tara’s side of the family, though no other relatives have shown symptoms of […]

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Discovery F&H’s “Addicted” back for Season 2

It’s a tough path to watch someone trod, but it’s nothing compared to what’s gone through by those who are on it. And you know — enough of you have been watching people on that journey to hell and (hopefully) back on Discovery Fit & Health’s Addicted that the series returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 10pm ET/PT, with unconventional interventionist Kristina Wandzilak taking on nine more individuals whose addictions to drugs and alcohol have them on the road to ruin or worse, to see if she can turn them back from the brink and help them […]

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Catch Discovery Fit & Health’s “My Mom Is Obsessed”

It’s one of the most fundamental relationships in the human jungle, and it’s going under the magnifying glass. The mother/daughter dynamic is at the heart of Discovery Fit & Health’s new series, My Mom Is Obsessed — premiering tomorrow, March 29 at 10pm ET/PT — which looks at mothers with obsessive or addictive behaviors and the damaged and sometimes desperate teen daughters whose lives suffer as a result. As the girls attempt to connect with their moms and have healthy, communicative relationships with them, these mothers too often eschew their parental responsibilities in favor of shopping, working out, cosmetic surgery, […]

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Reality TV

“Swinger Wives” from Atlanta subject of new TLC International series

By Barb Oates Follow @ChannelGuideBO What’s with the wives? You’ve got TLC’s Sister Wives, VH1’s Basketball Wives, Investigative Discovery’s Prison Wives, then of course you’ve got the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, etc. There’s also the Desperate Housewives, The Stepford Wives, Army Wives and BBC’s Footballers’ Wives, but those are fictional so we’re not going there. Instead we’ll focus on the newest entry to the wives club, TLC International’s Swinger Wives. John Sechrist, TLC’s executive producer of the series, says “It’s going to make for some really fun and interesting television, which will be water […]

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How to contact “My Naked Secret” USA

Follow @ChannelGuide Based on the enthusiasm shown for the forthcoming series My Naked Secret (premiering Oct. 7) on our Fall TV Preview, we followed up with Discovery Fit & Health to ascertain just how participants are selected for this series, focusing as it does on people with physical conditions that significantly impair them psychologically and emotionally. We’ll be talking with them about that process in the not-distant future, but for now, some of you who had expressed interest in participating in the series will be happy to know that we’ve expedited the application process a bit for you. What is […]

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“My Naked Secret” comes to terms with emotional as well as body issues

by Karl J. Paloucek Follow @ChannelGuideK Since we first announced the upcoming premiere of Discovery Fit & Health’s My Naked Secret as part of our Fall TV Preview, people have been wondering how they can get on the show and giving the series a bit of anticipatory buzz. We don’t have anything to do with the production of My Naked Secret (which, incidentally, premieres Friday, Oct. 7), but we’re working on getting an answer regarding applications to be on the show for those of you who might be so inclined. In the meantime, we can shed more light on this […]

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“Secretly Pregnant” gives viewers cause for pregnant pause

by Karl J. Paloucek Follow @ChannelGuideK Oh, what a concept for a show. If you haven’t already checked out our Fall Preview, you might not have seen one of the more controversy-laden series that’s due to premiere in the coming weeks. Discovery Fit & Health’s Secretly Pregnant premieres Oct. 13, but the show’s premise and its ads have both already been rattling viewers. Each episode looks at a pair of women who, by various means and for various reasons, have hidden the news of their pregnancies from family, friends, boyfriends, bosses, and others. What has people in an uproar is the […]

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TV News & Program Updates

FitTV rebranded as Discovery Fit & Health starting today

In the wake of Discovery Health becoming OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network last month, more changes are afoot. For those who may be missing some of the medical and baby type shows that were on Discovery Health (a few of those do remain on OWN), you should find what you are looking for as FitTV is renamed Discovery Fit & Health starting today.

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Large Family Affairs

By Jeff Pfeiffer You know it’s only a matter of time before “Octo-Mom” Nadya Suleman gets a reality TV series. The intense public fascination about her case has come as no surprise, really, since television has become filled with the pitter-patter (or, in some cases, stampeding) of little feet. Several popular programs have already been chronicling the adventures of similar people who have suddenly found themselves saddled — er, blessed — with multiple kids all at once. And like the parents, these types of shows are reproducing quickly. In fact, a new one called Table For 12 starts March 23.