A&E Network has greenlit a one-off documentary on 1990s R&B group TLC, serving as the latest installment in its ‘Biography’ banner.
The two-hour special, tentatively titled Biography: TLC, will chronicle the emotional journey and survival of the top-selling female group of all-time through the heights of their career in the Nineties, featuring interviews with surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (pictured right) and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas (left).
Formed in Atlanta in 1991, the trio – consisting of T-Boz, Chilli and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes – recorded four multi-platinum albums, including their 1994 sophomore release CrazySexyCool (1994), which earned TLC the honors of becoming the first girl group to receive a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
In April 2002 at the age of 30, Lopes was killed in a car crash when she was thrown from her car while organizing charity work in Honduras.
Matt Kay (Little Miss Sumo) will serve as director on the film, which is expected to premiere on A&E in 2021. It is produced by One Story Up – the outfit helmed by Roger Ross Williams (The Apollo, Life Animated) and Geoff Martz – and Lauren Fulton.
Executive producers on the film include One Story Up’s Williams and Martz; TLC’s Watkins, Thomas, Bill Diggins and Rick Krim; and A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson.
“The ‘Biography’ banner has always focused on telling the stories of remarkable people who have had a major impact on our collective culture,” said Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Network, in a statement. “As a revolutionary group that broke boundaries and influenced an entire generation, TLC falls directly into that category and we are honored to tell their incredible story as it has never been told before.”
“As someone who has long been in awe of TLC and their musical and cultural impact, I am thrilled to be a part of bringing the story of their music, their journey, and their continuing reverence to the screen,” Williams added. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with A&E, as well as filmmaker Matthew Kay, to bring this film to life. We hope this film illuminates a side of this incredible group and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas that long-time fans and viewers alike have not seen before.”
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for Biography: TLC.