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TLC to launch ‘Mother of All Weeks’

The U.S. cable net is celebrating Mother's Day with a stunt programming block that will also launch new series such as Labor Games, a quiz show filmed in a hospital delivery room, and the previously announced Willis Family (w/t, pictured).
March 30, 2015

Discovery Channel has ‘Shark Week.’ National Geographic Channel has ‘Big Cat Week.’ And now, TLC has its own theme week on the way.

The Discovery Communications cable net is celebrating Mother’s Day with a week of mom-skewing programming in May, dubbed the ‘Mother of All Weeks.’ The week, kicking off on Sunday, May 4 with a Long Island Medium marathon, will also feature a two-hour episode of 19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and Counting) and serve as a launch-pad for three new series: the previously announced The Willis Family (w/t), Lighthearted Entertainment’s Labor Games and Shed Media’s What She Said.

Tuesday, May 5, will feature a two-hour episode of Figure 8 Films’ 19 Kids and Counting, which will spotlight the birth of Jill and Derik Dillard’s baby. That special will serve as the lead-in for The Willis Family, also from Figure 8 Films with Heart Bridge Media, which follows a musical family of fourteen.

Two special episodes of I Still Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant will air on Wednesday, May 6, while four new episodes of Outrageous Births: Tales from the Crib will air the following evening.

What She Said, which features top female comedians riffing on marriage and motherhood, debuts on Friday, May 8; while the following night will see the premiere of Labor Games, in which host Lisa Arch surprises a couple in a hospital delivery room with a pop-up game show that will give them the opportunity to win prizes for their baby-to-be.

The week wraps on Sunday, May 10 with three hour-long, Mother’s Day episodes of Gurney Productions’ Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, Pilgrim Studios’ My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Figure 8′s Kate Plus Eight.

The network will also use the week to launch TLCme.com, intended to serve as an online destination for women, including life hacks, DIY tips and more.

“‘Mother of All Weeks’ is our celebration of all things mom – from the traditional to the unexpected, from the funny to the stunning, being a mom is amazing, and all moms deserve something bigger than just one day,” said Nancy Daniels, TLC general manager, in a statement.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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