TLC announced a slew of new programming, including a greenlight for 26 episodes of reality series “Tuckerville,” during the Discovery-owned cabler’s portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Three months into his job as general manager of the ratings-beleaguered cabler, David Abraham said “Tuckerville” is one of the first shows repping the channel’s gradual shift from “listen and learn” to “live and learn” programming.
“Tuckerville” follows country music star Tanya Tucker as she attempts to make a career comeback while running a household as a single mom. Skein, from GRB Entertainment, is one of several on a packed October slate that includes home renovation show “The Adam Carolla Project,” intern competish “Going Hollywood” and dance skein “Ballroom Bootcamp.”
“My vision for TLC is that our series will always move you, that they’ll be spontaneous, unpredictable and less formulated,” he told reporters over the weekend.
Also over the weekend, Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt said no decision had been made as to whether heavily hyped comedy “Fat Actress” would return for a second season. That’s partly because of the sudden glut of showbiz programming on pay cablers HBO and Showtime.
“We’re trying to figure out is there material to play which the audience can see as relatable when they don’t seem to be gravitating toward some of these shows that are about Hollywood,” Greenblatt said.
Paybox announced a partnership with Lifetime to simultaneously premiere the Showtime original movie “Speak,” about a teenager’s journey to self-expression and disclosure after she becomes the victim of date rape. Telepic premieres Sept. 5.
Showtime next year will air a restored version of Liza Minnelli concert show “Liza With a Z,” filmed in 1972.
Bravo unveiled “Million Dollar Listing: Hollywood,” a six-episode look at the cutthroat world of real estate from World of Wonder; it will bow in the first quarter. Cabler also greenlit “The Greatest Things About Being … ,” a show profiling people who belong to certain pop culture labels (e.g., “In Your 30s,” “Blond,” “Gay,” “Fat,” “A Red State”). It will bow in the third quarter.
Bravo also announced the “Project Runway” special “Project Jay,” which tracks the “Runway” winner after the competition ends. “A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv” is a spec from comedy troop Upright Citizens Brigade.
Elsewhere at the NBC U Cable session, USA announced an original Christmas telepic, “Three Wise Guys,” starring Tom Arnold, Judd Nelson, Katey Sagal and Nick Turturro. And Sci Fi Channel unveiled its first public-affairs initiative, “Visions for Tomorrow,” as well as a companion documentary to upcoming Dean Devlin mini “The Triangle” that explores the numerous theories behind the Bermuda Triangle.
ABC Family greenlit two original movies for next year. “Fallen,” which starts production this summer, concerns a recently adopted teenage orphan who discovers he is part angel. Telepic will bow in March. “Same As It Never Was” stars Lacey Chabert as a self-involved 22-year-old who becomes the guardian of her stepsister after the death of their parents. Shooting starts this month for an April preem.
Cabler also announced the network bow in January of feature “If Only,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tom Wilkinson in a story about a man’s chance to relive the day a tragic accident kills the love of his life.
GSN showcased a packed development slate that aims to capitalize on the cabler’s success with casino game programming. Among the seven series projects are “Annie Duke Takes on the World,” in which amateurs compete with the world’s top-ranked female poker player; “Phil Hellmuth Poker,” which will see the poker champ teach amateurs to master poker through physical and mental challenges; and “24 Hours in Vegas,” a reality game series that makes contestants earn their gambling money by working odd jobs in Las Vegas.
And E! Networks’ Style capped off the four-day tour announcing a greenlight for “Isaac,” a daily skein hosted by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Debuting later this year, it will focus on lifestyle topics including beauty, style, pop culture, home and garden.