TLC has announced that their What Not to Wear TV series is returning for the remainder of season nine, starting Tuesday, May 29th at 9pm. The cable channel ordered 26 episodes and 15 of them have aired so far.
Then, at 10pm, TLC is launching their new non-scripted show, Big Brooklyn Style. This series revolves around a small clothing business that caters to plus-size women. It’s unclear how many episodes have been ordered or how long it will run.
Here’s the TLC press release:
TLC DRESSES UP TUESDAY NIGHTS WITH A FASHION-FILLED LINEUP
New episodes of WHAT NOT TO WEAR and the series premiere of BIG BROOKLYN STYLE air back-to-back on May 29 at 9 and 10pm ET/PT
(New York, NY) – TLC plans to make over Tuesday nights with two fashion-filled premieres on May 29. First at 9pm ET/PT, WHAT NOT TO WEAR returns with 13 brand-new episodes and a premiere episode like no other. For the first time in nine seasons, Stacy and Clinton plan an entire makeover in less than a day – a makeover that would normally take a week – and will conduct this makeover in front of a live studio audience of close to 200 people, which has also never been done before. The fashion victim, Ana, who is the self-proclaimed Lady Ga Ga of Long Island, has one of the most “unique” wardrobes the WHAT NOT TO WEAR team has ever seen. TLC also turns to the viewers for the first time to help in the makeover process, with fans voting through Facebook on hair styles, mannequin outfits, and the ‘trashing’ portion of the show. Past WHAT NOT TO WEAR contributors also make a special appearance in the studio audience, giving Stacy and Clinton an update on their makeovers and how their lives have been transformed ever since their episodes aired. The WHAT NOT TO WEAR team also interact with the audience and answer some of their questions on fashion, hair and makeup, and the latest trends. This season, the team also travels to Puerto Rico for another series first, as they give three lucky women a makeover they will never forget.
Following at 10pm, viewers will get another dose of Stacy London, but this time behind the cameras as executive producer. TLC premieres BIG BROOKLYN STYLE, a new series that follows husband and wife business owners Lisa and Jim Dolan, as they revise and revolutionize the norms of plus-size shopping experiences in their Brooklyn clothing store, Lee Lee’s Valise. Each episode will focus on three different customers as their intimate shopping experience at the store, combined with Lisa’s distinctive clothing line, helps transform their lives. The network has ordered eight half-hour episodes.
The average size of an American woman is 14, but no average-sized American woman experiences a normal shopping experience at a typical fashion retailer as only 18% of clothes are a size 14 or over. At Lee Lee’s Valise, women of all shapes and sizes feel confident, fashionable and sexy through Lisa’s custom-made designs. Through drama, laughs and a lot of tears, Lisa and her team will transform their customers’ wardrobe from shab to fab — all through the simple and personalized accommodations to fit and flaunt each unique body type. While Lisa and Jim have a strong opinion about each and every item in Lee Lee’s Valise, they always put the customer first. Often times the customer’s feedback and personal shopping experience plays a vital role in how Lisa designs her line and stocks her shop.
BIG BROOKLYN STYLE is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for TLC. Executive Producers Stacy London and Julie Merson executive producing for Super Long Play. Co-executive Producer is Scott Shatsky. Elli Hakami and Jane Tranter are executive producers and Matthew Vafiadis is co-executive producer for BBC Worldwide Productions.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for TLC. Jo Honig is Executive Producer.
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 franchises around the Cake Boss and Say Yes to the Dress brands. In 2011, TLC had 28 series averaging 1.0 million P2+ viewers or more including Sister Wives, My Strange Addiction, Extreme Couponing, Toddlers & Tiaras, 19 Kids and Counting, What Not To Wear and Long Island Medium.
TLC is available in more than 99 million homes in the US and 228 million households in nearly 170 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, including an iPhone App, 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 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 210 countries and territories.
About BBC WORLDWIDE PRODUCTIONS:
BBC Worldwide Productions, led by Jane Tranter, is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz), and the upcoming titles “Breaking Pointe”(CW), “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz), “The Week the Women Went” (Lifetime), “The Next Big Thing” (Oxygen) and “Lovetown, USA” (OWN), among others. BBC Worldwide Productions sits within one of six core businesses that form BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
What do you think? Are you a fan of What Not to Wear? Will you try Big Brooklyn Style?
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