LOWDOWN ON THE UPFRONT: Discovery Trots Out Talent

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New York – Discovery Communications brought out the star wattage Wednesday for its upfront presentation, with Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Ripa on hand to unveil plans for their shows on TLC.

The event was the latest in a series of upfronts that Discovery has done across the country, in cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas and Chicago.

Jennifer Lopez, who recently had twins, appeared to talk briefly about a docu-series detailing her own harried life with husband singer Marc Anthony.  

“It’s a look at her life,” Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said. “She’s a fascinating woman, a great business woman. She’s going to be launching a new fragrance line. She’s going on tour. She’s balancing a great family and a great marriage. You’ll be seeing all that together, TLC style.”

Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos also appeared to say that their production company, Milojo Productions, has a development deal with TLC. Ripa will host an as-of-yet unnamed series for TLC, which has a first-look deal at all her company’s unscripted projects.

Among the talent that appeared at the event, who are doing work for the various Discovery networks, were Bob Woodruff, Joey Fatone, Emeril Lagasse, the ship captains from Deadliest Catch, Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, NFL linebacker Dhani Jones and a lion cub.

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