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'Best Funeral Ever,' TLC Set To Launch Unorthodox Reality Show (VIDEO)

By Bobby Pollier, ENSTARS
on Dec 14, 2012 05:47 PM EST
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TLC is set to take on another reality show.  However, this one that may very well oust “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” as one of the most controversial show on network television.

“Best Funeral Ever” will look to put the “fun” back in funerals and gain the following it needs to continue on when it airs as a one-time special on Dec. 26. The program will take viewers behind the scenes of the Golden Gate Funeral Home, which is located in Dallas, Texas. In the episode, viewers will meet Golden Gate’s funeral director John Beckwith, who assists each of the grieving families with the planning of unorthodox funeral services, or as he calls it, a “wild party.”

Beckwith’s company conducts funeral services that range from a barbecue themed memorial with a sauce fountain to one held in an actual boxing ring.

According to Yahoo, a few of Golden Gate’s high-class funeral options include a $35,000 gold-plated coffin. Nonetheless, it’s the first funeral establishment that creates scenarios such as the deceased dunking a basketball, which Beckwith states is something his business offers.

“We do not have generic funerals.  Everybody’s going to be different,” Beckwith explains to a family attending a planning session for a lost loved one.

In footage from the show, Beckwith goes on to say that Golden Gate’s services revolve around the tradition of homegoing funerals, which are based off the African-American community and are conducted as a more positive celebration of the individual’s life.

“We’re going to make these families extremely happy at the worst moments of their lives,” he told EW.

“Best Funeral Ever” will be airing at 8 p.m. EST on Dec. 26 on TLC.  If the show meets expectations, the network could very well order several more episodes for a full season.

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