TCA: TLC’s ‘Secret Princes’ Sticks With Stout Denial

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 12:12pm PDT

“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 »

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VH1′s ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’ Debuts October 21: First Look Teaser

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 10:57am PDT

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 … Read More »

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Kristin Chenoweth To Launch 10th Season of TLC’s ‘Say Yes To The Dress’

By | Monday July 22, 2013 @ 8:42am PDT

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 … Read More »

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TLC’s ‘Raising Fame’: Hollywood Career Counseling For Clueless Ingenues

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 1:37pm PDT

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 PerfectionRaising Fame is about teen girls who’ve moved to Los Angeles with Mom, seeking fame. Read More »

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TLC Sets ‘What Not To Wear’ Final Season Dates

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:41am PDT

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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TLC Ups Amy Savitsky To SVP Program Development

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 10:10am PDT

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 … Read More »

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TLC Ups ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Creator Howard Lee To EVP Production

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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TLC Confirms Pickup Of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 8:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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TLC’s ‘Breaking Amish’ Spin-Off Debuts Sharply Down From Original’s Finale

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 1:28pm PDT

Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah may have worn out their welcome. Sunday’s debut of TLC’s Breaking Amish: Brave New World garnered 2.14 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among Adults 19-49. That’s way down from the 3.1 million … Read More »

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TLC Sets ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Season 2 Summer Return

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 7:25am PDT

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 »

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Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet & ID Unveil Programming Slates

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 10:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

Related: Discovery Shows Off Star Power At Upfront Presentation

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 Orders ‘Letters To Jackie’ Special From Bill Couturié & Amblin TV, Sets Voice Cast

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 7:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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‘Breaking Amish’ Spin-Off Coming In May From TLC; Season 2 To Premiere This Summer

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

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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Discovery To Launch TLC In UK, Ireland

Discovery Networks says it has invested “millions” in the UK and Ireland launch of TLC which will go live on April 30. The channel will be available on the Sky, Virgin Media and BT platforms and … Read More »

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TLC’s ‘What Not To Wear’ To End After 10th Season

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 3:17pm PST

What Not To Wear TLCThe network’s longest running primetime series will come to a close this year after airing its upcoming tenth season, TLC announced today. BBC Worldwide Productions created the American program … Read More »

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Discovery Chief Says Programming Cost Growth To Moderate “Dramatically”

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 8:13am PST

The cable networks company has enough successful programming so “we don’t need to greenlight as many new swings,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav told investors at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom conference this morning. Read More »

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TLC Bringing ‘Breaking Amish’ Back For Season 2

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

The controversial Breaking Amish is returning for a second season in May, TLC said today. The network has ordered eight episodes of the fish-out-of-water reality show, which is moving from New York City to Florida for the upcoming … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Savile Claims Hit BBC, Sony TV In Russia, TLC’s ‘Bizarre ER’, Fremantle’s ‘Family Harmony’ And More

BBC Hit With Civil Claims In Jimmy Savile Scandal
A lawyer acting on behalf of 31 victims of the late Jimmy Savile has lodged civil claims for compensation in the high court against the disgraced host’s estate and the BBC over allegations of sexual abuse. Attorney Alan Collins told The Guardian that all claims are against Savile’s estate with “seven or eight” against the BBC itself, which the suits allege has “vicarious liability” in the case. Another lawyer working on behalf of a further 62 victims told Bloomberg  that the action was premature, because parties involved had agreed to wait for the results of the police investigation into Savile. “We do not believe the commencement of litigation at this stage to be either necessary or in our clients’ best interest,” she said. – Joe Utichi
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TLC Trailer Park Series ‘Welcome To Myrtle Manor’ To Debut In March

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 12:50pm PST

TLC is heading back down to Dixie and straight to the trailer park. The network home of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will debut Welcome To Myrtle Manor on March 3 at 10 PM. The ten-part one-hour … Read More »

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