This latest addition to the makeover format premiering this week follows couples and families who are looking to simplify their lives by moving from crowded, urban cities to secluded, off-thegrid settings. In each episode, a new family tours three uniquely “unplugged” properties in remote locations across America. Before they make their final decision on a home to purchase, they test out this new lifestyle by living in one of the properties for four days to see if they can endure the privations. Off-the-grid expert and outdoors enthusiast Jay Gruen guides each family in the skills needed to transition to a self-sufficient way of life. “You’re just the badass of homesteaders if you’re living out here,” he says of the wilderness. You got that right, brother. Byron Balasco’s popular and critically praised gritty mixed-martial-arts family drama returns for a second season following ex-con Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lauria) successfully defending his lightweight title before killing his father, and Christina (Joanna Going) overdosing on drugs while her sons Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas) renew their bond. One thing is certain — more blood will be spilled. Dr Feelgood Friday, 7.30pm, CI (613) This irresistible voyeuristic series details stories of the symbiotic relationships between celebrities and their doctors; professionals whose drug prescriptions or procedures led to controversy, mystery and tragedy. Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Anna Nicole Smith and others lived their lives in the public eye, adored by millions, but privately fighting their demons. For those in their inner sanctum, the lines between personal and professional often became blurred. In the Kingdom premiere episode we met Max Jacobson, whose patients included Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams and whose treatment of the seriously ill John Kennedy helped him to win the presidency when, campaigning for election to the White House in 1960, he was dogged by excruciating pain. Jacobson was known for his “miracle tissue regenerator” shots, which consisted of amphetamines, animal hormones, bone marrow, enzymes, human placenta, painkillers, steroids and multivitamins. Acclaimed Australian theatre director Neil Armfield directs the highly emotional and critically acclaimed Holding the Man (Wednesday, 6.20pm, Premiere), adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir. Starring Ryan Corr and Craig Stott, it’s the remarkable true story of two boys who fall in love while teenagers at their all-boys school, a romance that endures despite everything that life throws at them. American Sniper (Thursday, 3.50pm, Premiere) is the controversial Clint Eastwood film based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper stars as Kyle, who is credited with a staggering 160 sniper kills, though the film focuses as much on his increasing difficulty in readjusting to life at home as on his actions during combat in Iraq. Norwegian black comedy Here is Harold (Wednesday, 8.30pm, World Movies) sees the title character (Bjorn Sundquist) decide that the giant Ikea store that opened opposite his humble furniture shop in Norway is the cause of his life’s misfortunes when he loses both shop and home to the bank. Arming himself with a pistol, he sets off for Almhult, Sweden, in order to kidnap his nemesis — the founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad (Bjorn Granath).
A scene from martial arts drama