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'Buying Naked' on TLC latest entry into the nude reality TV trend

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“Naked and Afraid” and “Naked Castaway” have been surprise hits for Discovery Channel; now it looks like TLC is getting in on the baring-all act with a new series, “Buying Naked.” However, instead of being oddly naked in the woods or stranded in some desperate situation, “Buying Naked” will feature a community where clothing-optional clients are shopping the real estate market with the help of expert realtor Jackie Youngblood.

Pasco County, FL, boasts the largest concentration of nudist communities in the nation, and happily holds the title, “Nudist Capital of America.” Now, TLC follows Jackie and her team as they help “in the buff” homebuyers find their dream house. Prospective homebuyers typically consider such factors as location, layout, and budget, to help influence their decisions. However, finding a home for a nudist goes well-beyond the concerns that come with typical house hunting.

Jackie and her team must keep in mind the hazards that are lurking for their clothing-optional clientele – everything from countertop height to sharp corners and flooring (rug burn hurts!). Routine tasks such as cooking, cleaning and even just walking can present safety risks for the unclothed occupants of the home. Fortunately, Jackie and her team take extra care to uncover the perfect property to accommodate their clients’ unique needs and lifestyles.

In the season premiere of “Buying Naked,” Jackie brings together the “textiles” or clothed conservatives of the Pasco County real estate industry and the nudists of the community for a very hands-on networking event. Meanwhile, the team’s newest recruit, Alex, is put to the test when she enters a nudist community for the first time, and has to prove she’s got what it takes to sell a home to an especially eclectic nudist pair.

The whole "naked" theme that seems to be developing with reality shows is mystifying, at best--are we really that interested in people in the buff, or are we (and networks) just running out of ideas? Whatever the reason, at least the people in this series have a legitimate reason to be naked, as they are, after all, nudists; being naked and testing one's survival skills has never made any practical sense.

“Buying Naked” premieres on TLC on Saturday, June 28, at 10/9c, and is produced by Paper Route Productions for TLC.

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