Unscripted

Chewbacca Mom makes moves with TLC

TLC’s digital platform TLCme is slated to premiere two unscripted digital series featuring 2016 viral sensation Chewbacca Mom. After amassing more than 162 million Facebook Live views with a video in ...
December 15, 2016

TLC’s digital platform TLCme is slated to premiere two unscripted digital series featuring 2016 viral sensation Chewbacca Mom.

After amassing more than 162 million Facebook Live views with a video in which she tries on a Chewbacca mask, Candace Payne (pictured) is now heading to the Discovery Communications-owned digital network as a contributing vlogger, with her digital series 2 Truths & A Lie with Candace set to premiere Dec. 19.

Each episode of the series will feature Payne sharing three elaborate stories with fans invited to guess which one factually incorrect in the Facebook comments of the post. The following day, Payne will host a Facebook Live session to reveal the truths and the lie.

Meanwhile, in Sing-a-long with Candace, the viral mom will perform an original song with lyrics crowdsourced by social media.

Building on her viral success as Chewbacca Mom, Payne performed her own viral rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” via Facebook Live. She later recorded the song which charted in the top 30 on iTunes within the first few hours of release.

“We hope that by teaming up to create original content, we’re able to share Candace’s infectious energy, encourage conversation and be a bright spot in people’s news feeds,” said Scott Lewers┬ásenior VP of multiplatform programming and digital media at TLC.

“Since posting my video on Facebook, life has been pretty crazy. I’ve had a lot of really awesome experiences, and now I’m adding to that list by joining the TLC family,” added Payne. “I can’t wait to share more videos, inspire more people and bring joy to someone’s day with a little bit of laughter and fun.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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