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VH1 doing a TLC biopic

TLC back in 1995. CREDIT: AP

TLC back in 1995. CREDIT: AP

Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, while promoting season two of her VH1 reality series “What Chilli Wants,” last year told me she was trying to put together a biopic about her group TLC.

Though “What Chilli Wants” ended after two seasons, she kept ties with VH1, which announced today it will be doing a scripted biopic about the Atlanta-based girl group. Chilli will be an advisor and executive producer, along with the other surviving castmate Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

“With the tremendous success of our scripted series ‘Single Ladies,’ we now know that viewers will come to VH1 for quality scripted projects. We’re eager to expand on that success with this bio-pic franchise that will allow us to explore our music, pop culture, and authentic storytelling strengths in yet another format,” said Jeff Olde, EVP Original Programming & Production, VH1. “We’re honored to collaborate with Chilli, Tionne and Bill Diggins in sharing their own personal story and TLC’s record-breaking legacy with VH1 viewers.”

Acclaimed screenwriter Kate Lanier (“What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Beauty Shop) has signed on to pen the bio-pic.

TLC has a colorful history that would work well in a biopic. Between 1992 and 2002, the group released four albums and garnered numerous top 10 singles including “Baby-Baby-Baby,” “Creep” “Waterfalls,” “Unpretty” and “No Scrubs.” The trio in 1995, during the height of its second album “CrazySexyCool,” filed for bankruptcy protection.

The band blamed several factors on its financial problems: they had a recording contract which gave them far less money than they had expected; Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was charged with arson after she accidentally burned down her home; and Watkins suffered sickle-cell anemia, which forced the band to cut short a tour.

Lopes then complained after the third album “FanMail” that her role as rapper had been greatly reduced. She even held out from the fourth album to release a solo disc. She died in a car accident in Honduras in 2002. Posthumously, the band released its fourth album “3D,” with four cuts featuring Lopes.

Chilli once dated Usher and had a high-profile break up. T-Boz married rapper Mack 10 and had a child with him.

Chilli and T-Boz have chosen never to replace Lopes and have not toured regularly as TLC since Lopes’ death. The pair did a UPN reality show in 2005 where Tiffany “O’so Krispie” Baker was selected to be a third member of the group but only as a temporary gig. T-Boz appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2009 and Chilli did two seasons of “What Chilli Wants.”

T-Boz has continued to have medical problems and in October filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in federal court.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

17 comments Add your comment

BIG O

December 1st, 2011
8:07 pm

Good luck and GOD bless TLC and a wonderful ride. Just try to enjoy life and have PEACE!!!

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December 1st, 2011
8:33 pm

These 2 women were wonderful on the American Idol Finale and should consider working as a duo. They were absolutely fantastic. I miss the group.

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December 2nd, 2011
12:25 am

Will they find a terrible, stoned driver to play Lisa Lopez?

Atl_finest

December 2nd, 2011
12:26 am

I hope it’s not as cheesy the VH1 MC Hammer story. That was the worst bio ever made. They have a story to be told but I wonder would the 2 be totally honest. It was always rumored that Chilli had a long time affair with L.A Reid which cause a strain on her relationship with TLC’s mgr Peebles who was Reid’s wife.

TG

December 2nd, 2011
7:00 am

TLC was definitely one of the best-peforming groups around. Seems like they were the last of a dying breed in the female group department.

I hope the story includes how they had so many money troubles. I would like to know how you go bankrupt after selling that many records. I just don’t get it.

leon

December 2nd, 2011
8:01 am

this is kool. the “cast” on twitter for the tlc movie :D http://twitter.com/#!/TLCmovie/status/142578657301508097/photo/1/large

pmuckle

December 2nd, 2011
8:20 am

good then tboz can pay some bills since lack of support from bady daddy!!!

Mike

December 2nd, 2011
8:44 am

I loved TLC back in the day, but isn’t it way beyond time to “bow out gracefully”?

Justin

December 2nd, 2011
8:55 am

One of the greatest female groups ever! I’m looking forward to this biopic.

carla roqs

December 2nd, 2011
9:09 am

the show would help t boz pay some bills and possibly open some more doors for her. great

Native NYer

December 2nd, 2011
9:12 am

Looking forward to this, loved TLC still do and wish T-Boz and Chilli the best and nothing but future blessings and success.

cwilli

December 2nd, 2011
9:47 am

Name required you didn’t get any play did you? The only reason I”m even making mention because everyone knew you were ignorant.

Lil Birdie

December 2nd, 2011
9:53 am

Just hope it’s done right. Right, or not at all! To Big O, GREAT first post! :D

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December 2nd, 2011
12:10 pm

cwilli…..who, exactly is ignorant? Next time try typing in English, please?

Jennifer

December 3rd, 2011
6:48 pm

Did Chilli ever find a man? She had some hot suitors. Or, is she still hot for Usher.

Darius

December 5th, 2011
3:34 pm

TG…apparently u never saw TLC Behind The Music on VH-1. Lisa Left Eye Lopes clearly breaks down the math on how an artist can sell 10 million albums and end up broke. I’m sure the clip is on youtube.