Upfronts 2012: TLC Slates 55 New And Returning Series


TLC will continue to build on its female-themed and reality-based programming lineup with a slate of 55 new and returning series to air during the 2012-13 season.

The network will launch two religious-themed series in Breaking Amish, which will follow lives of Amish men and women living outside the very private Amish community, and Preacher Ladies, which will chronicle the lives and works of Atlanta-area churches' first ladies.

TLC will also launch Family-themed shows Mama's Boys Of The Bronx, which traces the lives of Italian-American men who still live with their mothers; and Bates Family Series, which focuses on the exploits of Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children.

The network will add to its Friday "Bride-Day" lineup with several new series, including Ultimate Dress Quest;Brides Of New Jersey, centered around a New Jersey bridal shop that caters to loud and proud brides; and Maids of Dishonor, in which brides deal with less than supportive friends.

 Also in the wedding/marriage genre is American Wifestyles, an anthology series that delve into the lives of wives across America; and Randy To The Rescue, a bridal truck-themed show starring Say Yes To The Dress star Randy Fenoli.

Other new series on the docket include Big Brooklyn Style, a docu-soap following larger than life plus-size designer Lisa Dolan and her husband/partner Jim Dolan; Big Tiny: Life With the Jordans, which follows the lives of the world's shortest living brother and sister; Craft Wars, a competition reality series hosted by Tori Spelling that pits creative and genius crafters against one another; Extreme Cheapskates, an insider's look at extreme money savers; On The Fly, which profiles airline employees of Southwest Airlines; and Tattoo School.

TLC will also re-visit Royal couple William And Kate one year after their April 29 marriage in a upcoming special slated for second quarter 2012, the network said.