DNI orders “Shocking Love,” “What Have I Got?”

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has greenlit a handful of factual and lifestyle programs about medical anomalies and rare conditions.
August 22, 2014

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has ordered several factual and lifestyle programs about medical anomalies.

‘Shocking Love,’ which will roll out in the fourth quarter of this year and in early 2015, is a series of docs that focus on people battling rare medical conditions.

Produced by Barcroft Productions, Mormon Half Love is about a woman born with a shortened spine and little, non-functioning legs; and Little Looking For Love, also from Barcroft, is about a 19-year-old who is 38 inches tall.

The Man With No Penis follows a 40-year-old man who was born without a functioning penis and was produced by Chameleon TV and True North; while Shocking Breastfeeding, from producer betty, focuses on taboos around breastfeeding.

DNI has also ordered What Have I Got? from producer Optomen. The 12-part series is structured as a mystery diagnosis format that encourages viewers to think like the doctors on screen who are investigating medical anomalies, such as a man with no nipples and a woman whose eyes only open when she sings. The show will debut later in the year.

Meanwhile, the Cineflix-produced My Strange Pregnancy (six x 60 minutes), which will premiere in the first quarter of 2015, follows expecting mothers coping with extreme or challenging pregnancies.

Lastly, DNI has greenlit a third season of Extreme Beauty Disasters (seven x one-hour), a Maverick TV-produced show about reconstructive surgeons who fix botched plastic surgery jobs and other cosmetic blunders.

All the programs will air via DNI’s portfolio of international channel brands.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.