Funeral-Themed Reality Shows Are a Thing Now: Thanks, Discovery

by | February 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM | TV News

A Scene from 'Best Funeral Ever' (Photo: TLC/Discovery)

By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Discovery, which delayed airing TLC’s “Best Funeral Ever” after the Newtown shootings, is giving the death business another try with the new “Funeral Boss.”

The six-part series, which will premiere next month on Discovery Fit & Health, follows a funeral business owner who hopes to pass it on to his children.

“Best Funeral Ever,” which was to premiere in December on Discovery’s TLC, featured Dallas-based funeral director John Beckwith Jr. and his staff organizing sendoffs with such unlikely themes as Christmas and a state fair. But the network decided to delay the one-hour special until January 6 because of the mass shooting.

“Best Funeral Ever” had 1.5 million viewers and TLC has ordered more episodes to air later this year.

The new Discovery Fit & Health series will take a more traditional approach than “Best Funeral Ever.” Instead of highlighting outrageous funerals, it will focus on a family business that just happens to be readying people for their eternal rest. It follows patriarch Bill Harris as he tries to keep his three sons and a daughter in line. At least one of them hopes to one day take over.

Discovery is attempting, of course, to tap into one of television’s largest demographics: People who will someday die.

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