Are you addicted to watching reality television about people who are addicted to plastic and cosmetic surgery? Or plastic makeovers of bad butt implants? Well, have we got some great news for you. E! Television (the American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable division of NBCUniversal) is renewing “Botched” for another season.
For those of you not yet in the now, “Botched” is the latest show to showcase plastic surgery. The press release from last year described the show as such:
“In a world where our culture is obsessed with youth and beauty, some people revert to plastic surgery to achieve a certain look and turn back the hands of time. With weekly magazine covers catering to a public thirsty for perfection, some can take that quest to the extreme and the results of too much plastic surgery can be disastrous. For the first time on television, the ugly side of beauty will be put under a microscope, revealing the fascination surrounding beauty and plastic surgery…the results will shock you. In this new eight episode, one-hour series, highly accomplished plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif will work with these victims of ill-fated cosmetic work to attempt to undo and fix their results.”
According to Deadline, the show has been unequivocal success:
“The premiere season of Botched is currently pacing to be E!'s most-watched docu-series in the demo and in total viewers since 2011. Botched currently is averaging 1.54 million viewers and nearly 1 million demo viewers in its slot. The series notched its most-watched premiere ever this past Sunday: 1.7 million viewers.
The first season of Botched featured more than 20 surgeries, ranging from nose jobs to altering a ‘uniboob,’ and counseling a man who spent more than $100,000 in an effort to look like Justin Bieber. The network says thousands of people have submitted their stories for the second season, including a former professional athlete in need of facial work, and a woman who contracted a flesh eating disease during surgery in Mexico.”
While many critics have blasted the show for taking advantage of unfortunate or desperate individuals seeking out 15 minutes of fame, Network EVP Jeff Olde defends the show as being beneficial:
"In the quest for perfection, we've tapped into a pop culture zeitgeist, sharing cautionary tales, positive outcomes and true transformations.”
See you in the re-runs.