TLC's 2014-2015 SLATE OF PROGRAMMING DELIVERS HEART, HUMOR, AND REAL-LIFE CHARACTERS
(New York, NY ) TLC kicked off 2014 with its best first quarter in a decade - and the network is on track to have one of its best years ever. Driving this momentum are TLC's passionate viewers, who are watching, tweeting, and connecting in record numbers with the real people and the heartfelt stories featured across the network's slate. TLC is planning more than 500 hours of original programming in 2014 alone, including 44 new and returning series.
"As our success shows, everyone needs a little TLC. At the center of the network are our core viewers - we call them the Heart Seekers. They're the families, young couples, moms, and 'moms to be' who watch us every week, and we're evolving our brand to give them even more of what they love," said Marjorie Kaplan, Group President, TLC.
"Our viewers know what they want from TLC, and we know what to give them - the shows that make them feel something, and people they can root for. This emotional connection is essential to our brand," said Nancy Daniels, General Manager, TLC. "This year, we'll continue to propel our growth with more programming that features families of all shapes and sizes, heartwarming transformative experiences, and relatable life moments - stories that only TLC can tell."
TLC's 2014-2015 slate of new programming includes new series in the following genres:
Family has always been at the heart of TLC. From groundbreaking to heartwarming, these series share the lives of relatable people living extraordinary lives. Viewers have embraced these families as an extension of their own, coming back year after year to join them on their journeys. In fact, TLC family series like 19 KIDS & COUNTING and THE LITTLE COUPLE just had their highest rated seasons ever. This year, TLC is welcoming new families home to the network, while planning a TLC Family Reunion with some very familiar faces. The new series and specials include:
A Duggar Leaves Home - New special, 2Q 2014
Amy Duggar, the beloved cousin of the 19 KIDS & COUNTING family, moves to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a singer. (Figure Eight Films)
Kate Plus 8 special (working title) - New special, 2Q 2014
TLC's Family Reunion visits with the Gosselin clan, and Kate updates what's new with the family as the sextuplets turn 10 and the twins are now teenagers. (Figure 8 Films)
The Leah Remini Project (working title) - New series, 3Q 2014
Actress Leah Remini is about to prove that real life is funnier than fiction with this new series about her wisecracking, no-nonsense, hardworking family. (Gurney Productions)
Listed Sisters (working title) - New series, 4Q 2014
Go into the fast-paced real estate world with three of the most entrepreneurial sister duos across America, as they hustle during the height of selling season. (Matador Content)
Long Lost Family (working title) - New special, 3Q 2014
Follows people who are looking to reunite with - or meet for the first time -the family and loved ones they have desperately been seeking. (Shed Media US)
Quints By Surprise: 5 Years Old - New special, 2Q 2014
Also joining the TLC Family Reunion, this special heads to Austin, TX to catch up with the Jones family and help celebrate the quintuplets' fifth birthday. (Megalomedia Inc.)
Risking It All (working title) - New series, 4Q 2014
Three families who are fed up with the pressures of the modern world decide to move "off the grid" in hopes of reconnecting with each other. (Twofour Productions)
The Speegle Life (working title) - New series, 4Q 2014
A multigenerational southern family leaves their successful church in Florida to help their two daughters find a new congregation in Alabama. (Ryan Seacrest Productions)
Welcome to Allentown (working title) - New special, 3Q 2014
Hit the road with a musical family of 10 living out their dream: spending their lives together on one bus as they travel the country performing. (Stiletto Television)
TLC is the #1 female network among all key women demos on Friday nights because of the network's wedding-themed programming. With a bold strategy that delivers new content 52 weeks a year, current hit series include SAY YES TO THE DRESS, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW, and I FOUND THE GOWN. Two new titles being added to the guest list this year include:
Curvy Girls Bridal (working title) - New special, 3Q 2014
The savvy Harris sisters own a one-of-a-kind bridal salon where full figured brides experience their dream of finding the perfect wedding dress. (Half Yard Productions)
Heidi to the Dresscue (working title) - New special, 3Q 2014
Heidi Elnora is an Alabama bridal designer who thinks every bride is one of a kind, and should have a custom gown to match. (Trium Entertainment)
The journey to a wedding and then a family has to start somewhere. The beginning of a relationship is often funny, sometimes complicated, and always romantic. As TLC proved with the breakout hit 90 DAY FIANCÉ, which has been picked up for a second season, there are some love stories that only this network can tell. Two more programs about relationships this year include:
Psychic Matchmaker - New series, 3Q 2014
Florida psychic Deborah Graham uses her unique gift to help her clients find love by playing matchmaker and seeking out their soul mate. (Jane Street Entertainment)
The One That Got Away - New special, 3Q 2014
Almost everyone has that one person who unknowingly holds a piece of their heart. Follow as these individuals seek out their lost loves for a chance to re-connect. (Ardaban)
TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful consumer brands around series including Cake Boss, and has transformed Fridays into "BrideDay" with a lineup of wedding-themed programming anchored by the Say Yes to The Dress franchise. In 2013, TLC had 32 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more, including seven series that averaged 2 million P2+ viewers or more, the most ever in a year: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, Long Island Medium, The Little Couple, Who Do You Think You Are?, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, and Breaking Amish: LA.
TLC is available in nearly 99 million homes in the US and 329 million households in 167 markets internationally. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, and through social media such as Facebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories.