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Today in outrageous reality shows: Morticians by day, pro wrestlers by night

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After entering the world of original dramas with Salem and Manhattan, WGN is now stepping into the ring of reality.

The network will unveil two docudramas at the beginning of the year, including one about a family of morticians who moonlight at night as professional wrestlers. Wrestling with Death introduces viewers to The Latham clan in Osceola, Ark., who run a funeral home as well as the Mid-Southern Championship Wrestling League. (Is The Undertaker aware of this?) Twelve episodes have been ordered, and will air back-to-back over six weeks starting Jan. 13 at 10 p.m.

The second reality series, Outlaw Country, focuses on law enforcement in a small town. The show centers on Steve Cook, the sheriff of Buckner, Mo., and his brother Mike, who heads up the Buckner Criminal Task Force as they match wits with John and Josh Monk, a pair of brash brothers whom the Cooks believe are contributing the rise in crime around town while they maintain their innocence. Debuting Feb. 24, Outlaw Country will fill the time slot vacated by Wrestling with Death.

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