What better sequel to 1900 HOUSE-â€“modern family, Victorian home-â€“than a prequel? In THE FRONTIER HOUSE, three 21st-century families hit Montana, circa 1880-â€“no off-screen conveniences, set, or cast trailers, just their great-grandparents' world, a thinking man's Survivor. Based on the sweeping success of PBS' 1900 House, producer Simon Shaw applies the same standards of accuracy and authenticity to this imaginative sequel, giving viewers a glimpse into frontier America during the years proceeding the 1882 Homestead Act when land out West was "free for the taking." Appropriately billed a "docu-soap," Frontier House is part of PBS' House Series, blending documentary and reality programming as three modern American families test their grit and resourcefulness during a five month immersion as pioneers in the Montana Territory. The Clune, Glenn, and Brooks families' daily lives are recorded and condensed into six one-hour episodes chronicling the hardships and, in some cases, humor of building cabins, planting gardens, digging outhouses, chopping wood, and tending livestockâ€”all while bearing the strain of close familial living and neighborly interdependence necessary for survival. While the film's bickering between families grows wearisome, narrator Kathryn Walker provides a historical context, explaining that such squabbles were typical of homesteading communities. PBS deserves kudos for its meticulous and painstaking commitment to the highest caliber of credibility, employing a team of historic preservation specialists to attend to every detail of the series. Highlights include the touching, actual wedding of Nate and Kristen Brooks, and a compelling "Making Of" bonus feature that caps the overall effort with charm and appeal. (Ages 8 and older) Lynn Gibson
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Brand: Donald Trump
With two little words, a flick of the hand, and that famously coiffed comb-over, real estate tycoon Donald Trump parlayed his financial success into a hugely popular reality television series based on personal and corporate intrigue. Billed as "the ultimate job interview," THE APPRENTICE lives up to its acclaim as 16 candidates vie for top position at one of Trump's companies and an accompanying $250,000 salary. Divided into two teams based on gender, the contestants compete against each other in assignments designed to test their business acumen, from selling lemonade on the streets of Manhattan to managing an NYC pedicab company. The team that makes the most money wins both a prize and immunity, while the losing team faces Trump and his assistants George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher in the dreaded boardroom, where one member is ceremoniously dismissed. Created by SURVIVOR's Mark Burnett, THE APPRENTICE shares that series' emphasis on personal conflict and cutthroat competition while adding the extra dimension of workplace reality familiar to office drones everywhere. This collection includes all 15 episodes of the series' fascinating and highly watchable first season. Who'd have predicted The Apprentice would become such a hit? (Donald Trump aside.) And not just any hit, but one of the top-rated programs of the 2004 television season. A number of reality shows had crashed and burned before The Apprentice made its debut. Just as it was starting to seem as if the heyday of the non-scripted program was coming to an end--not counting American Idol--NBC's entrant into an overcrowded field was as an out-of-the-gate, must-see phenomenon. The concept is simple. Real estate magnate Trump selects 16 players from business applicants across the nation. The grand prize? A $250,000-a-year job running one of his companies. As in producer Mark Burnett's Survivor, the contestants are then sent to an island--the island of Manhattan. In the first episode, they're introduced, then divided into two teams: the men (Versacorp) versus t...
Emmy-award nominated Cesar Millan has an uncanny ability to rehabilitate problem dogs of all shapes and sizes. With the major success of his hit show on National Geographic Channel and DVD, Cesar has captured the national spotlight as America's favorite dog expert. Each episode of the Dog Whisperer documents the remarkable transformations that take place under Cesar's guidance by teaching and helping dogs and their owners achieve happier lives together.
THE MANOR HOUSE takes a fascinating look at the grand British class system of the early 1900s. Resembling prior cultural-reality series THE 1900 HOUSE and FRONTIER HOUSE, this unique series includes three distinct classes: aristocratic family, upper servants, and lower servants, who must act according to etiquette, not just the rigors or technical realities of the time. Nineteen contemporary Britons were selected from 8,000 applicants.
Manufacturer: Discovery Channel
Brand: Image Entertainment
Dirty Jobs celebrates unsung American laborers and highlights those who make their living doing the most unthinkable, yet necessary vocations. Host and apprentice Mike Rowe scours the country to find hardworking men and women who overcome fear, danger, and sometimes stench to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe takes on such jobs as Snake Researcher, Bloodworm Digger, Bell maker, Mosquito Control Officer, Fainting Goat Farmer, Bug Breeder, Poo Pot Maker, Baseball Groundskeeper, Salt Miner, Cattle Rancher, Wine Maker, Billboard Installer, Snake Wrangler, Leather Tanner, Bridge Painter, and Alligator Egg Collector. Mike also celebrates his 150th job--working as a yak farmer.Episodes:Snake Researcher - Mike Rowe wrangles some water snakes, steps into the shoes of hard working bait and lobster fishermen in Maine, and opens the viewer mail bag which results in some seaweed trimming.Penguin Keeper - Mike Rowe joins a rowdy construction crew in California and learns the art of concrete stamping, as well as taking care of some penguins and digging for blood worms.Bell Maker - Mike Rowe rolls up his sleeve and gets dirty making giant bells at the McShane Bell Foundry. He also gets down and dirty with the US Army Corps of Engineers as they conduct yearly maintenance on a hurricane barrier that was raised from the ocean's floor.Mosquito Control Officer - From gutting mold infested houses to exterminating disease ridden rats and mosquitos, Mike has got his work cut out for him. He gets dirty helping New Orleans locals restore, rebuild, and revive their city in the aftermath of Katrina.Bug Breeder - Mike gets dirty with some fainting goats, breeding exotic insects, while helping remove tree stumps. They are dirty jobs but somebody's got to do them, why not Mike?Poo Pot Maker - Just when Mike thought he had seen it all, he is hired at a cow farm that specializes in making gardening pots out of cow manure. Mike count dead salmon carcasses and opens up the mail bag and answers a viewer's question and g...
Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Brand: LIONS GATE HOME ENT.
If "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" is the Brady Bunch of reality shows, Kim Kardashian is the Marcia. Sexy, self-assured, and totally sweet, the Beverly Hills bombshell-slash-stylist with the famous friends and to-die-for derriere has weathered her share of scandals. Yet she's thrilled to be letting it all hang out as the cameras capture her blended family in action.
Manufacturer: The Weinstein Company
Supermodel Heidi Klum returns to Lifetime as she hosts the hit reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry. Season 8 is loaded with new challenges and episodes are longer than ever. Features guest judges Selma Blair, Betsey Johnson, Kristen Bell and January Jones.
In this final season, America's favorite housemates all return to their home away from home in Seaside Heights, NJ. The house dynamic is headed into unchartered territory as their lives outside the Shore take off in exciting new directions. While things are definitely a little bit different this time when the cast hits the boardwalk, their trademark hilarity and family dysfunction remain the same.
Manufacturer: Animal Planet
Brand: Meerkat Manor - Season 1 DVD Flower the Meerkat
Triumph and mishap, comedy and tragedy - everything a good story needs, but this one is different, it stars a group of wild meerkats in South Africa. This ground-breaking thirteen part series records the daily lives of a group of meerkats known as "The Whiskers". Using state of the art camera technology above and below ground, and by tracking the group's movements 24 hours a day, the series paints a dramatic picture of a year in their highly complex and social lives. From viscous fights with rival gangs to infighting within the group, snake attacks, births of two dozen pups, and tragic deaths, "Meerkat Manor" includes animal behavior never recorded before. With characters that would be more at home in a real life soap opera, their entangled lives make for addictive viewing. MEERKAT MANOR is All My Children meets Wild Kingdom. The show is narrated by Sean Astin of "Lord of the Rings" and"24."