TLC LAUNCHES INTO UPFRONT WITH RATINGS GROWTH AND A PROGRAMMING SLATE THAT'S ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY
(Los Angeles, CA.) � TLC heads into the 2009-2010 Upfront season with six consecutive months of year-over-year prime delivery growth among households and P2+ and seven consecutive months of year-over-year gains among women 18-34. Year-to-date TLC is a top 10 ad-supported cable network.
Anchored by strong Monday nights, TLC continues to build on its ratings momentum with a robust slate of programming featuring real-life content, insightful experts and authentic characters that delivers an unmatched connection to our viewers.
"Viewers come to TLC to meet remarkable people in extra-ordinary circumstances. Our authentic characters draw people in and their relatability keeps them watching," says Eileen O'Neill, president and general manager, TLC. "In television, we're always looking for the next generation. In addition to expanding our family and relationship properties, the upfront line-up reenergizes popular genres that capture life's biggest moments."
Building on the success of JON & KATE PLUS 8 and LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD, TLC introduces TABLE FOR 12 and THE LITTLE COUPLE, as well as more than 19 new series in 2009-10. Whether it's restoring a house, transforming a wardrobe, growing a family or going to the altar � TLC is committed to programs that engage, inspire and inform.
The highlights of TLC's 2009-10 Upfront schedule include the following:
THE LITTLE COUPLE
Picking up where the successful special LITTLE PEOPLE JUST MARRIED left off, viewers will continue on the adventure of Bill Klein and Jen Arnold - your average newlyweds, except for the fact that they are both under 4 feet tall! Each episode will follow as they embark on their new life together and watch as the couple face the struggles of two little people in an average sized world, handle the stress of relocation and high-profile careers, and weigh the risks of planning a family.
TABLE FOR 12
When Eric and Betty Hayes decided to start a family, they never fathomed they would one day be the parents of three sets of multiples, totaling ten children. TLC traces this clan's daily experiences and often times chaotic outings in the new series TABLE FOR 12. Eric and Betty's brood consists of 12-year-old twin boys Kevin and Kyle, 10-year-old twins Kieran and Meghan, and 4-year-old sextuplets Tara, Rachel, Ryan, Connor, EJ and Rebecca, who has cerebral palsy and is extremely special to the family. Eric -- a funny and dynamic police officer, and Betty -- a modest and loving stay-at-home mom, are admired and praised by their family and friends.
A BABY STORY (Daytime Series)
A BABY STORY captures the experience of having a baby from the early preparation to the delivery room, revealing the emotional, physical, and social aspects of giving birth. The parents-to-be range in age, circumstances and method of childbirth they've chosen � but the stories all have the same ending�a happy, healthy baby!
18 KIDS AND COUNTING
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar love their family�and the bigger the better, in their opinion. In this new season of 18 KIDS AND COUNTING the Duggar clan has expanded at both ends: oldest son Josh is now living nearby with his new bride, and the family welcomed its eighteenth member with the new year. Laundry, cooking, cleaning and parenting take on army-sized proportions in this heartwarming new season.
JON & KATE PLUS 8
Entering its fifth season, each episode of JON & KATE PLUS 8 illustrates how even the most mundane of events can become an outrageous ordeal when trying to wrangle eight children at once. With incredible honesty and an amazing ability to laugh at themselves and each other, Jon and Kate share with their audience the struggles and triumphs of raising two sets of multiples. They are the first to admit that it is far from easy, but are also the first to tell you that every single stressful day is worth the reward of family.
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD
TLC's hit series LITTLE PEOPLE BIG WORLD, currently in its fourth season, features Matt and Amy Roloff, both little people, and their four children � only one of which is also a dwarf. The series is an ongoing real-life story of the Roloff family, providing a unique and candid portrait of American family life, capturing their everyday successes and struggles, and presenting an intimate view of life as a little person.
EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED (WT)
EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED (WT), is a series that TLC is launching in partnership with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Productions. The series follows The Frungillo family as they run their wedding empire. They own and operate four of the most successful catering facilities that go to extreme lengths to make a bride and groom's dream come true. The series will get to know each couple and follow their journey from booking the event to the wedding night itself. The Frungillo family pride themselves on being the best at bringing people together. They have served everyone from Sinatra to the Pope, but what matters most is the look in the bride's eyes at the end of the night when her childhood dream has come true.
WEDDED TO PERFECTION
The most important day of one's life can also be the craziest and most stressful. Cue the flowers, music and lights as WEDDED TO PERFECTION, TLC's newest special, premieres. The series follows the charismatic owners of Fete Events, spouses Jung Lee and Josh Brooks as they plan and execute some of the most high- end weddings and special events in New York City.
WILD WEDDINGS provides a light-hearted look at the outrageous, amusing and out-of-control moments that happen when the big day doesn't go as planned. This six part series looks at the flops, the fiascos, gaffs and the mishaps that make a wedding unforgettable and it's all caught on tape.
SAY YES TO THE DRESS
SAY YES TO THE DRESS brings the viewer into the inner workings of the world's premiere bridal salon, Kleinfeld Bridal. Each half-hour episode is part fashion show, part bridal story, and part family therapy, as we uncover the hurdles every staff member faces to make each bride completely satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life. Watch as a team of specialists guides three brides through the process of selecting, fitting, altering and delivering each flawless dress in time for the perfect day.
FREAKIN FABULOUS WITH CLINTON KELLY (WT)
After years of helping style-challenged people find their inner fashionista, Clinton is now branching out to help people find their inner fabulousness. Based on his book "Freakin' Fabulous � How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else," we'll follow Clinton on his crazed schedule of speaking engagements and public appearances� and along the way he will meet people he just can't stop himself from helping. Whether preparing for a dinner party for special guests or dressing for an important interview, Clinton will bring his special brand of truthfullness and advice to help spread fabulousness across America.
MAKING OVER AMERICA WITH TRINNY & SUSANNAH
Renowned British style experts and the original UK hosts of WHAT NOT TO WEAR Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine bring their stellar expertise and charming wit to TLC to help Americans get the makeovers they deserve. In MAKING OVER AMERICA WITH TRINNY AND SUSANNAH, the duo experience true American culture as they visit some of the country's hardest working women to offer much needed fashion tools that will help transform their lives.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Friends and family members nominate a poorly dressed loved one and ask the show to make them over. TLC resident fashion experts and series hosts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly ambush the fashion victim and make them an offer they can't refuse, a $5,000 shopping spree in NYC in exchange for their existing wardrobe. Stacy and Clinton will help the fashion-challenged find their style and give them an entirely new outlook on life.
THE GENERAL (WT)
In THE GENERAL, viewers meet Summer Baltzer, an interior designer turned contractor � she may look like the all-American girl next door, but she runs the family business with an iron fist in a velvet glove. From shoddily built kitchens to abandoned home additions, her team does the impossible in just seven days � turns botched contracting jobs into dream homes. All the while, sparks fly between the family members as they struggle to take orders from their daughter/sister while wanting to fulfill her vision to get the job done right
Gable Painter (yes, that's his real name) brings new life to old structures in RESTORER GUY. A meticulous and obsessive home restoration expert, Gable Painter and his team get their hands dirty restoring historic homes in an effort to bring America back to its former beauty one house at a time.
Our host and staging expert Lisa Lynch helps desperate homeowners by bringing in a team of property experts to stage and help sell their house quickly and for the highest price possible. With a limited time and small budget, Lisa and her team will prepare the house using mostly items the homeowners already have. With a challenge like this anything can happen!
Have you ever wondered what happens to your home once you move out? Follow new homeowners who move into one another's homes as they renovate and redecorate. After completion, the old homeowners get the chance to visit their old homes and rate the changes.
REAL ESTATE PROS
REAL ESTATE PROS takes viewers inside the world of Trademark Properties for an eye-opening and unapologetic look at the world of real estate. Headed by the quick-thinking, fast-talking Richard C. Davis, the company faces one of the toughest real estate climates and tells clients and viewers how to thrive in a down market.
Buddy Valastro is one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the United States. Master baker of Carlo's City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, Buddy is the cake boss, supervising a team that includes his mother, four older sisters and three brothers-in-law. And when you're working with family on a daily basis, there is bound to be a lot of drama, but also a lot of love. Each half-hour episode shows off Buddy's amazing skills as he works to achieve his late father's dream of making Carlo's Bake Shop a household name.
MOM INC. (WT)
TLC has joined forces with HSN and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Productions to launch MOM, INC. (WT), a new series that helps struggling entrepreneurs turn an innovative idea into a lucrative business. HSN, in collaboration with TLC and Milojo, will find the most promising women across the country for this life-changing experience. Each of these budding business women will have the chance to prove that they have what it takes to get their very own creations sold on HSN � every inventor's dream come true. Ripa will appear in each episode selecting a product and sending her expert into the field to put the would-be moguls through a series of tasks meant to get their product ready for the masses.
THE POLICE WOMEN PROJECT (WT)
THE POLICE WOMEN PROJECT is a one-hour docu-series following a diverse group of five incredible women working in the Broward County Florida Sheriff's Office. It's a riveting look at women of law enforcement who respond to 911 calls, bust gangsters, serve warrants, go on car chases and participate in undercover sting operations. Besides being deputies in a man's world, they are also mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives. Balancing their personal lives with a career that comes with the real risk of not making it home every day is a constant challenge. Ride along with these tough-as-nails female deputies as they put their lives on the line to protect and serve...and to make Florida a safer place.
The business of baking has been heating up all over the country. Customers are no longer happy with a nice, three-tiered, white frosting concoction at their wedding, and bakers are heeding the call by designing cakes that will take your breath away. Whether it's a miniature replica of the gazebo where he proposed, or a stack of what looks to be perfectly wrapped gifts� these cakes are created by true artisans. In this series we will see the top bakers in the country battle it out to design the biggest, most outrageous, and breathtaking cakes
Still riding strong in its sixth season, AMERICAN CHOPPER follows the action at Orange County Choppers (OCC), the world-famous custom motorcycle family business run by Paul Teutul Sr. and his fiery sons, Paul Teutul Jr. and Mikey. As always, creating eye-popping bikes is a big part of show�but this season, the real story is the mounting tension between Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. The duo is known for arguing over deadlines and designs, but now, viewers see the situation explode in a confrontation that results in serious damage not only to the family shop, but to their personal relationship.
For decades, the tattoo industry has been dominated by men, but TLC's popular series LA INK shatters the glass ceiling bringing the most respected female tattoo artists in the business together to work at the hottest tattoo shop in LA.
TODDLERS & TIARAS
Each week, TODDLERS & TIARAS takes viewers inside the world of youth pageantry to witness the demanding lifestyles of these pint-sized beauties. Every hour-long episode follows a different group of contestants, vying for a coveted crown. This intriguing series showcases the traditional elements of child pageants, jam-packed with stage moms and dads, hair extensions, spray tanning, makeup and glitter. Moreover, this series also features extremely non-traditional and modern aspects of the pageant scene, from girls entering the competitive landscape with less makeup and a more natural look, to child beauty pageants featuring only boys in the competition.
STREET CUSTOMS highlights the talents of car customizing star Ryan Friedlinghaus and his unorthodox approach to managing his West Coast Customs family of artisans and techniques.
BRACE FOR IMPACT
This one-hour is a documentary of Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III, the pilot who rose to national acclaim when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The documentary explores what Sully was thinking and doing during the headline-making event, and also reveals a life of extraordinary preparation that enabled the Captain and his crew to save the lives of the 155 people on board that flight. The special, produced by Daniel H. Birman Productions Inc., revisits the circumstances of that fateful day, and shows the flight from Captain Sullenberger's perspective.
MISS AMERICA 2010
In 2008, TLC delivered a bold new look for Miss America, ushering her into the modern era. Ratings soared. The Miss America 2008 audience jumped 18% and the median age fell to 37 � a drop of 7 years. In 2008 and 2009, TLC added twists to the Miss America format, creating buzz, modernizing the pageant and involving America. Our plans for 2010 are still under wraps, but be assured that once again TLC will add a new, unique twist to this American institution.
People are endlessly fascinated by multiples�and TLC owns that category on television, hands down. But what makes identical multiples tick? This one-hour special produced for TLC by the BBC brings to light the latest information and insights from a groundbreaking 20-year study of identical twins in the United States and the United Kingdom.
TLC's innovative docu-series and reality-based programming include favorites Jon & Kate Plus 8, Little People, Big World, What Not to Wear, 18 Kids and Counting, and LA Ink. TLC defined home design with Trading Spaces and continues to renovate the genre. TLC's daytime lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning A Baby Story. The channel is available in more than 97 million homes in the US, nearly 8 million homes in Canada and through the website at www.tlc.com. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.