TLC International announces production slate

"TLC's international production and development unit has hit the ground running," says Discovery Networks International's Luis Silberwasser, as production begins on six new series.
February 9, 2011

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has announced that production has begun on six new series slated to air on TLC International, with air dates beginning in the second quarter of 2011.

The new content is being steered by DNI’s international production and development unit and is produced by a range of international production companies. “TLC’s international production and development unit has hit the ground running, and I am very excited about the variety of programs we have underway with some of the best production companies in the business,” said Luis Silberwasser, executive vice president and chief content officer for DNI, in a statement.

One of the new shows in production also happens to be a network first for TLC. Money on the Menu, produced by the U.S.’ Original Media, is TLC’s first game show, and features host Nick Stevens. In each 12 x 30-minute episode, Stevens, posing as a food deliveryman, will visit homes and take them over with a “mobile game show.” The series will premiere in select markets in the second quarter of 2011.

Don’t Tell the Bride (6 x 60 minutes), produced by Mastiff Norway from a Renegade Pictures format, turns the tables on the typical wedding scenario and entrusts the groom with every aspect of wedding planning. It premieres in Norway during the first quarter of this year.

Daughters vs. Mothers (6 x 30 minutes), produced by Mastiff Russia, gives mothers and daughters who are beset by stylistic differences head to toe makeovers. It premieres in Russia in the first quarter of 2011.

Happily Ever Laughter (6 x 30 minutes) premieres in select markets in the second quarter of 2011, and showcases the wildest wedding-related moments from bachelor and bachelorette parties, proposals, rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions and honeymoons. It’s produced by CheriSundae.

My Secret Body (13 x 60 minutes) comes from Embarassing Bodies producers Maverick TV, and follows individuals coming to terms with a particular body issue that they’ve kept secret from friends and family throughout their lives. It premieres in select markets in the third quarter of 2011.

Last but not least, World’s Worst Mom, produced by Cineflix in association with TLC International, follows Lenore Skenazy, dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” after she allowed her nine-year-old son to ride the New York City subway on his own, as she stages interventions on over-protective parents. The 13 x 60-minute series premieres in select markets in the third quarter of 2011.

TLC International is currently in 30 markets outside of the U.S., and is planned to roll out to 75 markets and 100 million households over the course of this year.

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