Upfronts 2012: TLC, Science, Velocity

TLC will launch new titles including Breaking Amish, Brides of New Jersey, Preacher Ladies and American Wifestyles, while Velocity is lining up Road To Lemans and Science will present This Changes Everything.
April 9, 2012

Discovery Communications has unveiled a range of new titles for its U.S. nets TLC, Science and Velocity at its Upfront presentation in New York City.

Among the new shows arriving on the lifestyle network, TLC will launch Breaking Amish (working title), a 10-part series following the lives of Amish men and women as they experience life for the first time outside their Amish community; and Preacher Ladies (w/t), which promises a candid look into Atlanta-area churches’ first ladies in their work with their congregations and at home.

On Fridays, TLC will continue to target the brides and weddings space with three new series. Ultimate Dress Quest (w/t) sees brides having their ultimate dress fantasy fulfilled; while Brides of New Jersey (w/t) centers on a New Jersey bridal shop that caters to loud and proud brides.

Maids of Dishonor (w/t), meanwhile, looks at best friends who become a bride’s biggest nightmare.

Of the other arriving titles, Mama’s Boys Of The Bronx looks inside the lives of five proud Italian-American men who still live with their mothers; while the Bates Family Series (w/t, 8 x 30-minutes), follows Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children.

Elsewhere, American Wifestyles (w/t) is billed as looking at different types of wives, from arranged marriages and trophy wives, to women “obsessed with being the perfect 1950s style of homemaker.” Big Brooklyn Style, meanwhile, is a half-hour workplace docusoap following plus-size designer Lisa Dolan and her husband/partner Jim Dolan.

Also new is Big Tiny: Life With The Jordans, which looks at the world’s shortest living brother and sister; and an as-yet-untitled project with Jo Frost, the original Supernanny.

There will also be two specials focused on the British monarchy. My Mother Diana looks at how Princess Diana’s life and her relationships with the House of Windsor, the media and the public have shaped her eldest son, Prince William; while William & Kate: One Year Later (w/t) charts the royal couple’s life since their April marriage last year.

On U.S. net Science meanwhile, new arrivals include This Changes Everything, a series hosted and executive produced by actor James Woods; and a new project from Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington, details of which are being kept under wraps at present.

New series How the Earth Works promises to take a magnifying glass to “the violent, explosive and ever-changing planet that we call home,” while  hour-long one-off Surviving Zombies looks at three men who operate a blade-making business, Zombie Tools, dedicated to creating weapons for surviving a future world dominated by the living dead.

Among the returning titles, Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman will come back for a fourth season, while other returners include How It’s Made, How Do They Do It?, SCI Sports, Punkin Chunkin and Oddities.

Finally, male-skewing net Velocity, which has been on air for seven months, plans to roll out more than 250 premiere hours between fourth quarter 2012 and third quarter 2013.

Headlining the net’s slate is Road To Lemans, which follows actor Patrick Dempsey as he serves as both owner and driver for an auto racing team tackling the legendary 24 Hours of LeMans, the world’s oldest automotive endurance race.

Dempsey will serve as both the executive producer and on-air star of the four-part docuseries, which is set to premiere on Velocity in 2013. Meanwhile, later this year the network will bring fan-favorite Overhaulin’, hosted by master restorer and fabricator Chip Foose, back to television.

Returning series include Inside West Coast Customs, Wheeler Dealers, Chasing Cars, Car Fix, What’s My Car Worth, Fifth Gear and All Girls Garage.

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