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Upfronts ’15: Family, style and milestone moments key for TLC

The female-skewing Discovery Communications net has unveiled 11 new series, ranging from romantic social experiments to explorations of parenthood. (Pictured: Swipe Right host Clinton Kelly)
March 31, 2015

Family, style and life’s milestones are the focal points for TLC’s 2015/2016 slate.

The U.S. cable net unveiled 11 new series and two specials as part of Discovery Communications’ upfront presentation in New York City on Tuesday (March 31), ranging from romantic social experiments to explorations of parenthood.

On the family front, the 19 Kids and Counting network confirmed that the U.S. version of popular UK format Long Lost Family, from Shed Media will air in the first quarter of this year. MAK Pictures, meanwhile, is behind the upcoming Hardly Royal (w/t), which follows Maryland native David Drew as he attempts to claim his title as heir and King of the Isle of Man in the UK. The series debuts in the third quarter of this year.

High Noon Entertainment will present Quinceanera (w/t) in the third quarter of 2015. The series follows party planners in Miami who plan gatherings for Latin American families celebrating their daughters’ transition into womanhood. Meanwhile, Magilla Entertainment and Flower Films have I Got You Babies (w/t) on tap for the first quarter of 2016, which will follow four sets of first-time parents.

Fashion and wedding fare includes Dare to Wear from Shed Media U.S., in which style expert Tai Beauchamp has two women adopt each other’s fashions. Half Yard Productions, the team behind Say Yes to the Dress, brings bridal makeover series, Brides Gone Styled, with hosts Gretta Monahan and Robert Verdi. Both series are slated for second quarter of 2015.

More fashion makeover series come in the form of #SaveMyStyle from Haymaker Content and social media savvy-series Swipe Right, featuring Clinton Kelly and Devyn Simone, produced by Jane Street Entertainment. Both series are slated for third quarter of 2015.

Life’s milestones are examined via such series as Marriage Pact (w/t) from Magical Elves, which asks whether marriages with best friends or “friends with benefits” have better shots at success (third quarter of 2015). Thinkfactory Media also tackles marriage through Married by Mom and Dad (w/t), in which parents find marriage partners for sons and daughters. 3Ball Entertainment will put a new spin on the weight loss series, in which central characters aim to transform themselves to win the affection of their crushes.

Upcoming specials include 3 Bad Dates, 1 Soul Mate from October Films and Extreme Dream Weddings from Discovery Studios.

“TLC’s mission is to find the relatable in the extraordinary, the heart in the unfamiliar, the quiet connection in a hectic world. This year, we dig deeper into our brand to deliver bigger moments and remarkable people that make this network a destination for millions of viewers,” said Marjorie Kaplan, Group President, TLC & Animal Planet

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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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