Weddings are crack for female viewers, so it’s maybe no surprise last night’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo commitment ceremony between Mama June and Sugar Bear clocked that TLC series’ biggest audience ever– 3.2 million viewers – and finished No. 2 in its 9 PM time slot among all TV programs, broadcast or cable, with women 18-34.
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The Boo Boo clan closed out its season ranking No. 1 at 9 PM among ad supported cable networks in virtually all key demos. TLC nabbed its biggest audience in the timeslot, and it biggest female demo numbers, since a Trading Spaces: Home for the Holiday telecast in 2002. For the night, TLC enjoyed its biggest overall audience and best female demos since December of ’10. (Shhh–don’t tell Boo Boo fans Mama June recently told Ryan Seacrest she opted for a commitment ceremony versus a traditional wedding because it’s not legally-binding.)
Ahead of tonight’s Season 4 finale, TLC has picked up another season of Who Do You Think You Are? Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered to air in 2014. The series, which has been averaging 1.8 million P2+ viewers in its first season, takes celebrities on a journey into their personal histories, mining their pasts to reveal unknown details about themselves and their families. Celebrities featured this past season include Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O’Donnell, and Trisha Yearwood. Tonight’s season ender follows The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons as he explores the ancestors on his paternal side of the family, in tribute to his father. Who Do You Think You Are? is produced for TLC by Shed Media U.S. and Is or Isn’t Entertainment. It ran for three cycles on NBC before TLC picked it up in May.
Nancy Daniels, general manager of Discovery Communications’ Discovery Fit & Health, is returning to TLC as its new GM. Daniels, who also was serving as Discovery Channel’s EVP Production & Development, is replacing Amy Winter who stepped down from the post last month but will remain with the net as EVP Brand Marketing. Winter, who’d told staff that her plans to relocate her family from Atlanta didn’t work out as planned, came to the post from a marketing position — Daniels is a programmer. As TLC’s SVP Production and Development, she oversaw the launch of Cake Boss, The Little Couple, Sister Wives and Sarah Palin’s Alaska. More recently, at Discovery Channel, she oversaw live events — Skywire Live, for example. She also oversaw such popular Discovery series as including Bering Sea Gold, Naked And Afraid, Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters as well as the All the President’s Men Revisited special. At Discovery Fit & Health, Daniels managed day-to-day operations. In her new gig, she will report to Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery and TLC Networks. Read More »
TLC has ordered two more episodes of Breaking Amish: LA. The new order brings the series total to 11 episodes, with an additional reunion special, Breaking Amish: LA – The Shunning Truth. Both one-hour episodes will run on Sunday, September 29 and will serve as the season finale, TLC said this morning. The reunion special will be hosted by NBC’s Michelle Beadle; the cast will take questions about the series submitted by viewers on the show’s Facebook page. Breaking Amish: LA has been averaging 1.8 million viewers as it follows seven young Amish and Mennonite men and women who’ve been plopped in Los Angeles to explore life among the ‘English’ as they contemplate whether to commit to the Amish life or leave.
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The remaining members of 1990s R&B group TLC made a return to the MTV VMAs last night as part of the marketing blitz for their new VH1 biopic. CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story stars Keke Palmer as Chilli, Lil Mama as Left Eye, and Drew Sidora as T-Boz in the telefilm premiering October 21. Here’s the new promo teasing more of the behind-the-scenes drama as TLC strikes fame, fortune, and a match or two (looks like Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ infamous 1994 mansion-burning incident makes its way into the saga):
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EXCLUSIVE: Amy Winter has stepped down as General Manager of Discovery Communications’ TLC network but will remain with the net as EVP Brand Marketing. According to an informed source, Winter told staff that her plans to relocate her family from Atlanta didn’t work out as planned. Winter has three children under age 7, and her husband works in Atlanta.
As TLC’s GM, she gets credit for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Long Island Medium, and Breaking Amish and Secret Princes and their spinoffs; she also greatly expanded the network’s Friday’s Bride Day programming thread. Winter, a longtime TLC marketing exec, was named General Manager and EVP of the network in February 2011, replacing Eileen O’Neill when she was named Group President, Discovery and TLC Networks. Read More »
“For us, the basic dating format doesn’t work,” TLC general manager Amy Winter said today at the TCA Summer TV Press Tour, by way of explaining the network’s Secret Princes. TLC — which owns the bridal-dress, people-with-too-many-babies, Momzillas, and weird-obsessions programming threads — also wants to own the dating-show genre. It’s got its work cut out, what with ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette so well established in that space, among other dating shows. But TLC persevered and came up with Secret Princes — one of those wonderful TLC series that leave you wondering if Man really is Nature’s Last Word. It’s a dating show in which the dating is the least interesting thing going on. It’s actually a pampered fish-out-of-water series in which four guys who purport to be “international royalty” (in much the same way as Fox defined Rick Rockwell as a multimillionaire) leave their native land, come to the U.S., take jobs dressing up as a tomato or something equally ridiculous, and pick up women. At the end of each season, the women they’ve culled from the herd are informed of their titles, and that money (if any). Then everyone waits to see if the women draw themselves up to their full height and give it to the guys in the neck — American women being notorious for their distaste for wealth and titles. Read More »
Here’s your first real look at VH1‘s biopic of female R&B group TLC, starring Keke Palmer as Chilli, Lil Mama as Left Eye, and Drew Sidora as T-Boz. The 2-minute CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story teaser is light on behind the scenes story but highlights some painstaking reenactments of the group’s most totally ’90s moments and music videos, including their iconic “Waterfalls” video. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the two surviving members of TLC who also consulted on and exec produced the pic, announced they’ve re-signed with LA Reid and Epic Records for the October 15 release of a new album of greatest hits and new songs, including the Ne-Yo penned “Meant To Be” which appears in the film. The TLC blitz continues as Lil Mama joins T-Boz and Chilli at this week’s Mixtape Festival performing in place of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a 2002 crash. Charles Stone III (Drumline) is directing from a script by Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It). CrazySexyCool will premiere on VH1 on October 21:
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EXCLUSIVE: Looking to remain dominant in the all-things-bridal programming thread, this TLC this morning will announce that Kristin Chenoweth is starring in the 10th season debut of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress on August 16. No, Chenoweth is not getting married — at least, not that we know of. Her assistant/BFF is the bride-to-be. But won’t it be fun to watch how Chenoweth makes it all about her? Apparently assistant/BFF (and what’s wrong with THAT arrangement?) Julie has decided to shed her simple classic style for her boss’s style on the most important day of her life. Freud would have a field day. Anyway, Julie is now looking for a short dress with glitz and glam for her second wedding gown. But her choice doesn’t go over well with the crowd advising her. Guess who takes over and finds what she thinks is Julie’s perfect wedding gown, and even models it for the bride-to-be? Sadly, Julie isn’t sold, which leaves our poor heroine – that would be Chenoweth, in case there’s any doubt – worrying and fretting in re whether assistant/BFF/Julie will ever find a dress that’s out of her comfort zone and reflects her, Chenoweth’s taste – because if there’s one thing a bride needs on her wedding day it’s to be thrown out of her comfort zone, by her boss.
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EXCLUSIVE: TLC, intent upon owning the girls-seeking-fame programming thread, will air a special/backdoor pilot on August 7 called Raising Fame. It’s from Authentic Entertainment LLC — the same production house that brought you TLC’s beauty-pageant babies series, Toddlers & Tiaras, and its spinoff, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — as well as TLC’s upcoming competing kiddie cheerleaders series, Cheer Perfection. Raising Fame is about teen girls who’ve moved to Los Angeles with Mom, seeking fame. Read More »
Stacy London and Clinton Kelly begin their final stretch as hosts of TLC’s makeover series What Not To Wear on August 9, and end it with an October road trip — to Vegas — on October 18. The network released details of the final season in today’s announcement:
As previously announced, TLC’s longest running primetime series and one of the longest running makeover shows in television history – WHAT NOT TO WEAR – is coming to an end. Starting August 9 at 10/9c, TLC will start airing the last episodes back on Friday nights where the series aired for most of its run. The series finale is scheduled to air Friday, October 18. In each episode of WHAT NOT TO WEAR, TLC resident fashion experts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly face an assortment of fashionably challenged contributors, providing them with invaluable fashion advice and life-changing transformations, inside and out. Over the course of 10 seasons, Stacy and Clinton have orchestrated over 325 memorable makeovers for men, celebrities, multi-generational fashion victims, and some of the most deserving women who were in need of drastic fashion overhauls.
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Amy Savitsky has been promoted to SVP Program Development reporting to TLC‘s General Manager, Amy Winter. Savitsky will continue to lead TLC’s East Coast development efforts, while also expanding her responsibilities to include overseeing production of select programming. She is based in the company’s Silver Spring, MD headquarters. Savitsky most recently served as VP Development for TLC. Since joining the network in 2011, Savitsky has shepherded in several new series including Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost, Breaking Amish, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and My 600lb Life. Previously Savitsky held several roles within Discovery Communications, including VP of Development for the Discovery Channel and Director of Development for Discovery Health. Before that she was the Story Editor at DreamWorks SKG.
Howard Lee has been named EVP Production & Development for TLC based in the company’s Silver Spring, MD headquarters, the network’s GM Amy Winter said today. Lee will continue to oversee the network’s bi-coastal production and report to Winter. He also will continue as executive producer of the reality hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which he created and co-developed. His other unscripted credits include Breaking Amish, Long Island Medium, Cake Boss, Sister Wives, Toddlers & Tiaras and The Little Couple. He joined the Discovery Communications-owned network in 2008. Before that he was VP Development and Production for the 2007 launch of Planet Green, which Discovery rebranded as Destination America last year. Prior to that, he was VP Development for the Travel Channel.
After keeping mum on reports that it was taking in docu-reality series Who Do You Think You Are for the past nine months, TLC now officially announced that it has ordered eight new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series, which was cancelled by NBC after three cycles. Production is underway for a July 23 premiere. Celebrities who will be featured on the new season include Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris O’Donnell. The series, produced by Shed Media U.S. and Is or Isn’t Entertainment, reveals celebrities’ ancestry.
One day after tiny pageant sensation Alana Thompson’s parents actually tied the knot, TLC has announced that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will be back for a second season this summer. The hit redneck reality series returns July 17 at 9 PM for another cycle. “This summer, get ready to watch the family take part in hijinks like butter rolling, tap dancing lessons and wrestling events,” said TLC in a statement this morning. On Sunday, June “Mama Bear” Shannon and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson got married in a ceremony where guests were encouraged to attend in full redneck attire but not allowed to bring cameras, according to the invite. The couple’s three daughters, including 7-year old Alana, were in attendance. The wedding will be part of the new season. Read More »
At Discovery Communications’ upfront today, the company’s Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery presented their slates of new and returning series. (See Discovery/Harpo-owned OWN’s announcement here). Discovery Channel, which had its highest-rated January ever in total viewers and adults 25-54, is putting an emphasis on live events with specials Fast N’ Live and the Grand Canyon tightrope walk Wallenda Live as well as scripted TV with its first scripted project, miniseries Klondike. The network’s unscripted slate features 10 new series, including The Huntsmen, Rock Raiders, two Naked shows, Hidden Kingdom and Survival.
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TLC’s slate features 52 new and returning series, including the return of pop culture hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Breaking Amish and its spinoff. Animal Planet returns 20 series and new ones like Eel Of Fortune, about hunting prized eels off the New England coast. Its best-performing series ever, River Monsters, returns April 7. Investigation Discovery, meanwhile, is offering up its second original newsmagazine Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall and the Jerry Springer-hosted Tabloid.
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TLC has commissioned the two-hour film Letters To Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy, co-produced by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Couturié’s The Couturie Co. and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Based on the book Letters To Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation by Ellen Fitzpatrick, the film revisits the months following Kennedy’s assassination, when more than 800,000 U.S. citizens and mourners around the world reached out to the First Lady in support. Letters To Jackie spotlights the strength and unity that emerged during one of the most difficult times in American history. It will premiere in the fall to mark the 50th anniversary of the President’s death. Bringing the letters to life are 20 celebrities including Bérénice Bejo, Demián Bichir, Jessica Chastain, Chris Cooper, Viola Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Allison Janney, John Krasinski, Melissa Leo, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Channing Tatum, Betty White and Michelle Williams. Read More »
TLC announced today that Breaking Amish: Brave New World will debut May 12 at 10 PM, with a separate Season 2 of the original series to come sometime in the summer. The spinoff of the controversial Breaking Amish will reunite the cast from the first season of the reality series as they make new lives for themselves in Florida. Besides bringing Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah back together, TLC also said today a second season of Breaking Amish will begin production this spring. The series will have a “new group of young Amish and Mennonite men and women who are eager to live a life beyond the limited upbringings they’ve known,” according to the network.
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