9 reality TV shows we can’t believe were made

Naked & Afraid,’ anyone?

Survivor not white trash enough for you? Check out Redneck Island.

Nudity and adventure. Well, what were you expecting from a show called Naked and Afraid?

Naked & Afraid One man. One woman. Totally naked. In the wilderness. Lots of blurred-out body parts (at least until contestants construct tasteful loincloths). Sundays, 10 p.m., Discovery.

Best Funeral Ever Being dead doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome party, and this show chronicles a funeral home that throws lavish themed gatherings for the dearly departed. Premieres late 2013, TLC.

Because sometimes you want to party even when you're dead, there's Best Funeral Ever.

Capture The Hunger Games’ horrifying dystopia makes perfect fodder for a reality competition in which contestants “hunt” each other. Tuesdays, 9 p.m., The CW.

Secret Millionaire Rich businesspeople live in poverty, searching for the poor folks who most deserve their charity … which is totally not demeaning at all. Sundays starting August 4, 8 p.m., ABC.

Owner’s Manual The two hosts each operate a complicated, powerful piece of machinery, one following the instructions, the other his instincts (aka guessing). Thursdays starting August 15, 9 p.m., AMC.

Cars? Those are so 2012. Meet Airplane Repo.

Airplane Repo Bored with people who repossess cars, Discovery follows a crew that repossesses planes from cash-strapped airlines and formerly wealthy private owners. Thursdays, 10 p.m., Discovery.

Celebrity Ghost Stories Such notables as C. Thomas Howell, Regis Philbin, Traci Lords and many more describe their experiences with spectral visitations. Weekdays, 11 a.m., Bio.

Treehouse Masters ... uh, we really can't add anything to this.

Treehouse Masters Even the humble tree house can’t escape getting a massive luxury makeover on TV from a team that builds fancy homes and businesses in trees. Fridays, 10 p.m., Animal Planet.

Redneck Island Just like Survivor, but (exclusively) with rednecks. Hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin, who tallies each episode’s “beer ballot” vote. Saturdays, 9 p.m., CMT.


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