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AMC's 'Freakshow': Todd Ray's freaky family on display

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Valentine's Day just got a little more romantic.

AMC, the network responsible for bringing you such ground-breaking entertainment as The Walking Dead, Mad Men and The Killing, is debuting a brand new show on Valentine's Day (9:30/8:30c) entitled Freakshow. Freakshow is a new reality series scheduled to air as part of AMC's "Real Original Thursdays". Here, we are swept up into the wild world of Todd Ray's family business, the "Venice Beach Freakshow" in Venice Beach, California. You can get more intimately acquainted with his cast of characters via this series of YouTube.com videos.

"The Creature" prides himself on his body modifications, which include piercings and tattoos, amongst other things. "Morgue", sure to be a fan favorite, takes sword swallowing and nasal insertion to a whole new level. Why is "Asia Ray" so special? Well, aside from being Todd Ray's daughter, she can contort her body à la The Incredibles' Elasti-Girl and run electricity through her body so that she can light light bulbs with her fingertips. She also swallows fire.

These three are just a sample of the plethora of interesting characters you will meet on Freakshow. Prior to realizing his passion in life (i.e. bringing together all of these wonderfully wild and weird animals, performers and artifacts for public enjoyment), Ray was an uber successful name in the music industry, producing such acts as Jack Johnson, Nas, Mick Jagger, House of Pain, The Beastie Boys, Korn and Audioslave, to name a few.

Todd and his wife, Danielle, welcome all to their home who are proud to be seen by society as "unusual." Freakshow, while not for the faint of heart, proves that feeling abnormal should be celebrated. No one wants to watch a show about a vanilla family living happily behind a white picket fence. A show about the only man in the world to swallow a rocket-powered sword? Now you're talking.

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