The woman who inspired “The Blind Side” has landed a docu-series on GMC.
From Tremendous Entertainment, “Family Addition With Leigh Anne Tuohy” follows different families each episode as they add a member to their clan. Tuohy serves as host, provides creative vision for the show and helps renovate the family’s home to accommodate the additions. Production will begin in April for a June premiere.
Tuohy initially gained fame through Michael Lewis’ 2006 book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which in part documented the Tuohy family adopting football player Michael Oher, who came from an impoverished background. Book was adapted into a successful 2009 feature that earned an Oscar for Sandra Bullock, who played Tuohy.
“There are so many unsung heroes in communities across America who demonstrate unconditional love and support by taking on the responsibility of fostering and then adopting children in their care,” Tuohy said. For GMC vice chairman Brad Siegel, “Family Addition” came about serendipitously.
“Over the last two years when we started talking to producers about the kind of movie we would want,” Siegel told Variety, “we would always say something like ‘The Blind Side.’ It’s a movie that captures the essence of faith-friendly, uplifting entertainment. ”
Given the box office success of “The Blind Side,” “Family Addition” is a notable get for the cabler that formerly focused on gospel music programming before expanding its lineup to original movies and series. Tuohy’s prominence in the faith community made the show a good fit with GMC’s core heartland demo.
Siegel noted that GMC is coming off a strong year of ratings gains in 2012, with its women 25-54 numbers up by 80% over 2011.