Discovery Communications’ TLC has announced its upcoming lineup of new and returning shows, as well as a few specials. The lineup consists primarily of shows based around four categories: weddings, property, fashion, and ‘extraordinary families.’ TLC will also be airing several specials and events, including the Miss America 2010 pageant and an exclusive documentary about Captain Chelsey Sullenburger III, the pilot who successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River this past January, entitled Brace for Impact.
The list of returning shows includes the smash Jon & Kate Plus 8 (back for its fifth season) and a host of other popular shows such as the bridal shop series Say Yes to the Dress, home sellers show Real Estate Pros, daytime series A Baby Story, fashion advice expo What Not to Wear, machine shop show American Chopper, tattoo parlor exposé LA Ink and pint-sized pageant series Toddlers & Tiaras.
Among the 19 new shows coming to TLC are: Table For 12, a series following the daily tribulations of a family with two sets of twins and a set of sextuplets; The Little Couple, a series following up on the Little People Just Married special and Eat, Drink, and Be Married, a factual show following the family business of the Frungillos, who own and operate four catering facilities. Also on the way from the channel are Wedded to Perfection, a show following a husband and wife team that runs a New York City business planning high-end weddings; Wild Weddings, a six-part series that features footage and accounts from weddings gone awry; The General, a series about an interior decorator who has enlisted her family to create a contracting business; Making Over America With Trinny & Susannah, a series transplanting the original British hosts of What Not to Wear to the United States; Cake Boss, a show about cake artist Buddy Valastro and his family baking business; and Mom, Inc., a series featuring struggling female entrepreneurs and their journeys to turn their ideas into real-world successes.
‘In television, we’re always looking for the next generation,’ said Eileen O’Neill, TLC’s president and general manager. ‘In addition to expanding our family and relationship properties, the upfront lineup re-energizes popular genres that capture life’s biggest moments.’
Heading into the upfronts, TLC is boasting six consecutive months of year-over-year prime delivery growth among households and P2+, and seven consecutive months of year-over-year gains among women 18-34. The channel is currently available in more than 97 million homes in the US and close to 8 million homes in Canada.