Monday, September 30, 2013 , Updated 12:20 p.m., October 23, 2013
UPDATED: Rejoice! Best Funeral Ever on TLC is back in
This joyful show about funerals returns from the dead for seven episodes.
October 23 at 9 p.m. December 2 at 10 p.m., TLC, the network that brings you Honey Boo Boo and Breaking Amish, is bringing back Best Funeral Ever, shot entirely at John Beckwith Jr.’s Golden Gate Funeral Home on South R.L. Thornton Freeway, where subtlety was buried a long, long time ago. For those who missed the January 6 very special special, which turned into a pilot after it attracted more than 1.5 million viewers, fret not: This time around the network is offering seven half-hour episodes featuring Beckwith’s famous “home-goings.” And they look and sound extraordinary.
[UPDATE: The show was "put on ice," according to The Wrap, until December 2. "This isn’t the first time that reality TV’s most funereal offering has received a time-out. TLC’s previous one-off special of Best Funeral Ever was initially expected to premiere last December, but was pushed to early January in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings," according to writer Tim Kenneally.]
From the release:
This season of BEST FUNERAL EVER takes you inside some of the most elaborate home-going services in the world including:
· The Beasley Family celebrates the life of a young man who ate breakfast three times a day, so his service serves up a mix of preaching and frying eggs while mourning, and flipping flapjacks all at once.
· After the passing of Olympian Gold Medalist Ronnie Ray Smith, the Golden Gate staff must figure out how to get a coffin to run the 100 meter dash for the Track and Field-themed funeral.
· Rafael Valenzuela becomes a part of football history when his family sends the super fan off with one last field goal kick.
· Welterweight champion Tyrone “Showboat” Cotton gets one more round in the ring as his friends and family cheer him on to heaven.
· The community remembers a man who loved candy so much that his casket is dipped in chocolate for the whole town to eat.
· The Golden Gate crew faces challenges as they try to produce a Game Show themed home going, including spinning the deceased on a “wheel of funeral.”
Set your DVRs now. Best. Show. Ever.