Without the glitz, gloss and sugar-coating of many of today's crop of run-of-the-mill reality programs, FX's own 30 Days
is back tonight with its third season. From Morgan Spurlock
, the man behind Super Size Me
and Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
, 30 Days
offers a peek at often overlooked realities, as seen from another person's shoes.
The series returns with a fresh batch of six new experiments in alternative perspective. Spurlock once again uses himself as guinea pig, to bring other people's experiences to light. Beyond putting himself at risk of cholesterol-induced cardiac arrest after living solely on McDonald's fare for a month, Spurlock submerges himself anew into more eye-opening real-life laboratory time.
The first half of the third season kicks off with what could be the finest three-episode arc in 30 Days
' history. Season 3 begins with Spurlock going deep underground into the coal mines, to see for himself and, in the process, show the rest of us, just what it takes to fuel the electricity we all take for granted from day-to-day.
Spurlock's descent into the bowels of the coal mining underworld is followed by an emotional journey for Superbowl-winning former Denver Broncos player, Ray Crockett, through “30 Days in a Wheelchair.” The third installment sticks a lifelong hunter among members of a group of PETA vegans, one of whom considers killing even chickens akin to the Nazi persecution of the Jews.
The second half of this six-part junior season begins June 24 with Kati, an adoption proponent, thrust to live amidst two men raising their own brood of four adopted sons. Herself adopted as a child, Kati gets an in-your-face look at the very same-sex union she believes shouldn't be allowed to adopt children.
The following week, anti-gun activist Pia Lalli finds herself right smack in the center of gun country, living and working at a local gun shop in Ohio. This episode airs July 1. Finally on July 8, Morgan Spurlock is back to take on another month-long challenge as he immerses himself in “Life on an Indian Reservation.”
Season 3 of 30 Days
begins at 10 tonight on FX.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Monsters and Critics
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