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TV News Roundup: Spike Sets ‘Caraoke Showdown’ Premiere, E! Renews ‘Botched’

8 December 2016 2:19 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, Spike has set a premiere date for “Caraoke Showdown,” Kelly Clarkson will perform her song from “The Hamilton Mixtape” on Seth Meyers’ New Year’s Eve show, and more.


Spike will premiere its newest series “Caraoke Showdown“ on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 p.m. following a new episode of the network’s hit series “Lip Sync Battle.” Hosted by actor Craig Robinson, the series gives participating car passengers an opportunity to win money by competing in a series karaoke challenges through various rounds. Core Media Group is producing with Robinson serving as executive producer alongside Howie MandelAlice Dickens-Koblin, Peter Herschko and Brian Veskosky.

Alaskan Bush People” will return to Discovery on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. The Brown family returns with new challenges and new strategies of survival as they endure the rough Alaskian landscape. The series is produced in partnership with Park Slope Productions with executive producers »

- Arya Roshanian

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With ‘Botched by Nature,’ E! Tests the Limits of Semantics

4 August 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, E! presented three shows: “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry,” “Mariah’s World,” and “Botched By Nature.” The first show follows a purportedly talented clairvoyant who speaks with the dead on behalf of celebrities. The second is a docuseries following diva Mariah Carey’s weird and wonderful life. Both have neat, expository titles. The same cannot be said of the last, a spinoff of the extant series “Botched.” “Botched By Nature” follows plastic surgeons Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif as they perform cosmetic reconstruction on needy clients — survivors of accidents and individuals with congenital abnormalities, for example.

The new program is striking a distinctly charitable tone, which is in contrast to its older sibling — an enthusiastic freak show that parades around clients (mostly women) who suffer from too much plastic surgery. “Botched By Nature” seeks to move away from that uncanny valley of appearance-obsessed individuals. But »

- Sonia Saraiya

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