or


[08/06/10 - 11:35 AM]
Less Proves to Be More as We TV's New Series Downsized Takes a Look at a Family's Life in a Recession
The eight-part series premieres Saturday, November 6 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from WE tv]

DOING WITHOUT BUT DOING IT TOGETHER: MEET THE BRUCE-BUNCH (all nine of them!)

Less Proves To Be More As WE tv's New Series DOWNSIZED Takes a Look at a Family's Life in a Recession

Series Premiere Saturday, November 6 at 9PM ET/PT

Los Angeles, CA, August 6, 2010 - Here's a story... of a lovely family... with a very different twist. Laura and Todd Bruce, and their seven children were a happy blended American family, living a lavish life of vacations, expensive dinners, summer homes and more money than they could spend. Fast forward four years to a crippling recession, and you'll see the Bruce's flat broke with two homes in foreclosure, a collapsed contracting business and a daily struggle to make rent. The Bruce family's challenge of living life with nine people on a poverty-level budget is the focus of WE tv's riveting new one-hour, eight episode-series, DOWNSIZED, premiering Saturday, November 6 at 9:00PM ET/PT. Witness a modern day "Brady-bunch" use love, humor and discipline to navigation the very real stresses of life in modern America.

DOWNSIZED features a large, blended family brought together by Laura and Todd Bruce. When Laura and Todd married, they merged Laura's five children with Todd's two kids to become a large family, with a sizable appetite for spending. The real-estate boom awarded Todd a thriving construction business that made money hand-over-fist and allowed him to provide a posh-lifestyle for his new family. Then, the real estate market collapsed and their lives were turned upside-down. Household budgets were slashed and that meant a "rental" home, clipping coupons and rolling pennies. Everything from vocal-lessons and cheerleading camp to baseball equipment and shopping sprees became things of the past. With retirement savings and college funds depleted, this family is beginning the steep climb out of financial ruin.

In the midst of their economic pressures, Laura and Todd are raising seven teen/pre-teenagers that are going through important social phases daily. After witnessing the divorce of their respective parents, all children were faced with having a new step-parent and step-siblings. Boys they competed with a school are now the very ones they share a bedroom with and girls have to form new sisterly-bonds. Ages 10 and up, there are the "Bruce's": Heather and Levi; and the: "Rumsey's" Bailey, Rex, Dylan and Whitney (the triplets) and Danielle (the youngest). Through DOWNSIZED, the new "Bruce-bunch" are learning to navigate the difficult teenage years of dating, friends, high-emotions and the loss of life's former luxuries - all under the parents' watchful eye. The step-siblings have to learn how to deal with jealousy of others and even themselves. While Todd's children have access to generous gifts from their well-to-do mother, Laura's kids have to make due. This can mean the difference between Heather attending the prom when Bailey can't afford to go. Still, DOWNSIZED illustrates that what the Bruce's lack financially, they make up in love and camaraderie.

"What keeps our family together is that we laugh together," reflects mom Laura Bruce. "In spite of facing an enormous debt, we're united by love and laughter."

Each member is tasked with responsibility for contributing to the family as a whole. During the school year, the Bruce's have Laura's sparse teaching income, but that is hardly enough to sustain the entire clan. They have to shop with coupons and struggle with personal pride when using food stamps, finding clothing at Good WIll and cleaning other people's homes in the neighborhood to make money. They must baby-sit, swap clothing, dumpster-dive and work summer-jobs to help each-other stay afloat. Despite their difficult circumstances, Laura and Todd will use their misfortune as an opportunity to teach their children the importance of ingenuity, teamwork, perseverance and the value of every hard-earned dollar. The Bruce's will reveal the very real face of modern American family's economic-recovery.

Produced by WE tv and Pie Town Productions. Executive Producer for WE tv: John Miuller and Monica Ramone.

About WE tv

WE tv (www.wetv.com), a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, offers compelling, entertaining stories that focus on key life stages of a modern woman, from getting married to having children and raising a family. cptfc Available in nearly 77 million homes, the network's original programming includes the critically acclaimed, viewer favorite The Locator (the network's most-watched series ever), the poignant, and often comical, real-life story of a family raising multiple toddlers, Raising Sextuplets, and a robust line-up of wedding series, including the hit show Bridezillas, Amazing Wedding Cakes and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. WE tv is available in HD and WE tv On Demand is available in more than 30 million homes.

WE tv's public affairs initiative, WE Empowers Women, is dedicated to creating programs that foster and celebrate women's strength, confidence and diversity. The network's newest initiative, WE Volunteer (www.wevolunteer.tv), is a call-to-action for women to become more involved in their communities by volunteering one full day - just 24 hours - of community service to make a difference in someone else's life.





  [august 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· DOWNSIZED (WE)





[12/07/16 - 02:48 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Official Trailer for "Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" Airing This Friday at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[12/07/16 - 02:18 PM]
LMN's Second Annual "Deady Resolutions" Week, Features the Premiere of New Original Series "My Crazy Sex" and New Seasons of "My Crazy Ex" and "Monster in My Family"
"My Crazy Sex" reveals the outrageous, intimate tales of ordinary people's most extraordinarily embarrassing and regrettably ridiculous sexual misadventures.

[12/07/16 - 01:45 PM]
USA Rings in the Holidays with WWE(R) Airing Special Programming the Week of December 12
Look for the annual "Tribute to the Troops" on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/07/16 - 01:28 PM]
Dolly Parton and More Perform During Dec. 13 Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon
The nationally broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton's dinner theaters in the wake of last week's wildfires in the entertainment icon's home area of Sevier County, Tennessee.

[12/07/16 - 12:01 PM]
Discovery Challenges Survivalists to Conquer Six Deadly Terrains in New Adventure Series "The Wheel"
The series dares six participants to survive in six distinctly grueling landscapes across South America.

[12/07/16 - 11:06 AM]
TV One Announces Explosive Season 10 Line-Up of "Unsung" Premiering Jan. 4
Episodes profiling Fat Joe, Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister, After 7 and James Brown are slated to highlight each performer's rise to stardom while providing a glimpse into the lesser-known challenges they endured behind the spotlight.

[12/07/16 - 11:04 AM]
English Dub of "Dragon Ball Super" Hit Anime Series to Premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET
Season 1, which totals 26 episodes, encompasses the Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F' story arcs.

[12/07/16 - 11:00 AM]
Special Premiere of New Comedy "The Mick" to Air in All Time Zones Immediately Following NFL Doubleheader on Sunday, Jan. 1, on FOX
The episode then will encore that same night in the Pacific time zone at 8:00 PM and the Mountain time zone at 7:00 PM.

[12/07/16 - 10:35 AM]
Video: The "Time" Has Arrived! Netflix Debuts Trailer for "One Day at a Time"
"One Day at a Time" launches Friday, January 6, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[12/07/16 - 10:02 AM]
FYI Premieres New Seasons of Hit Series "Tiny House Nation" and "Unplugged Nation" - Saturday, January 7
Both series showcase alternative living trends that have gained popularity across the country.

[12/07/16 - 10:01 AM]
NBC Rings in 2017 with Festive Hourlong Special "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly"
The broadcast will feature special performances from musical superstars Alicia Keys, Pentatonix and Blake Shelton.

[12/07/16 - 10:01 AM]
Presenters Announced for the "22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards"
The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics' Choice Awards gala, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E on Sunday, December 11.

[12/07/16 - 09:16 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demo Race with "This Is Us"
The Peacock's new drama paves the way for an adults 18-49 victory.

[12/07/16 - 09:10 AM]
Video: Trailer for "Z: The Beginning of Everything" Now Available
The Christina Ricci-led series launches Friday, January 27 on Amazon.

[12/07/16 - 09:01 AM]
truTV Greenlights New + Returning Shows
Highlights include new seasons of "Adam Ruins Everything" and "The Carbonaro Effect."