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TLC picks up TLC’s T-Boz for a reality show

CREDIT: NBC

CREDIT: NBC

T-Boz starring in her own reality show

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If a member of TLC wanted at reality show, it makes sense to get picked by a network called TLC.

That’s what happening with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, one third of the iconic 1990s group TLC.


TMZ broke the news
. A TLC spokeswoman confirmed it to me this morning.

The commitment is modest to say the least: just four episodes in 2013 for a show titled “Totally T-Boz.” It’s filming now, TMZ says, and will focus on her efforts to get back into the music business after numerous medical problems including sickle cell anemia and a brain tumor.

Obviously, TLC is testing to see if 42-year-old T-Boz has any appeal whatsoever in reality show terms.

She and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas had a UPN reality show in 2005 “R U the Girl” seeking a temporary lead singer for TLC after the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. That lasted one quick season and was gone as quickly as the winner of the show.

In 2009, T-Boz participated in “Celebrity Apprentice.” She lasted five episodes, leaving virtually no impression on the screen. She was, to be fair, ill at the time, but at the same time, she was a true non-drama queen, which made for boring TV.

T-Boz has also had a string of financial problems over the years, partly related to her medical issues, including a bankruptcy filing a year ago.

She and Chill are also working on a VH1 biopic. Casting has not begun, Chilli told me via Twitter recently. Chilli herself had her own VH1 reality show “What Chilli Wants,” which lasted two seasons in 2010 and 2011.

Here’s the press release summary of who is involved on the show:

Joining Tionne on this adventure are her daughter Chase, little brother Kayo, cousins Barb and Chris, best girlfriend Tae-Tae, and business partner Tara, who are helping her confront the reality that this isn’t the 1990’s anymore: Now 42 and not in fighting shape, she must face the fact that she’s a different person, and the industry has evolved dramatically. While known for giving 100% of herself as a part of one of the best selling female groups of all time, she’s facing the exciting prospect of reinventing herself as a solo artist – and not only as a part of “TLC.” With her team at her side, and tapping into her experience as a singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, author, choreographer, and executive producer, she’s hustling hard to transform herself into a bigger success than ever before.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

18 comments Add your comment

tv watcher

October 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

TLC’s target demo won’t watch this show, and it will probably not even make it to its 4th episode.

Minority-lead shows don’t do well on TLC.

Remember “Big Happy Family” the show about the overweight black family? It didn’t last, despite being an interesting and entertaining show, in my opinion.

Rodney Ho

October 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

You’re right about TLC: not a lot of minorities pop up on that network, eh?

Rodney Ho

October 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

Personally, having seen T-Boz on “Celebrity Apprentice,” she herself is no NeNe Leakes or Honey Boo Boo. The only hope for her show is if she has a wild cast of side characters like Keyshia Cole’s family members on her reality show.

Rodney Ho

October 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

Personally, having seen T-Boz on “Celebrity Apprentice,” she herself is no NeNe Leakes or Honey Boo Boo. The only hope for her show is if she has a wild cast of side characters like Keyshia Cole’s family members on her reality show.

Debo

October 1st, 2012
1:22 pm

America only like ignorant, dumb, senseless t.v. This would fail.

sharon

October 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

Rodney and Debo are correct

fan of TLC

October 1st, 2012
2:38 pm

i wish T-Boz the best. i will watch the first episode at least. but of course TLC’s number one show is honey boo boo…..! and that speaks volumes!

sad to say i really can’t watch it because i can’t read the subtitles as quickly as most and i am a pretty good reader. But i also like to look at the characters faces.

what is america coming too where we want to be entertained by honey boo boo?

does anyone feel me?

Lukas

October 1st, 2012
2:55 pm

I am so sick of seeing MORE reality TV shows being advertised and seeing them everywhere as I flip through the channels . . . ESPECIALLY for the so called “Learning Channel’ !!!! All reality TV viewers are “learning’ is that the dumbing down of America is in full swing with that crap . . . and THEY are the reasons for it. Because as soon as people quit supporting this BS, the networks will have to offer us better shows (I can’t imagine how it could get worse)! TV COULD be used for arts, education etc instead of reality TV junk.

GaPeachy

October 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

I have always been a huge TLC fan and know what an incredibly strong and intelligent woman T-Boz is. She has been thru a lot which could be interesting but I fear this will not be gutter enough to pull in the ratings. I will def be watching though.

Anita

October 1st, 2012
4:52 pm

I use to be a big fan of TLC but when I tell you that these ladies have the worst attitude. I have seen both of these ladies at two separate events and I spoke to them to let them know I was a big fan and was rooting for them. They look at us like we were scum and didn’t bother to speak back. It is not like we were groupies. My friend and I were just trying to hold a conversation. The event I saw T Boz at was one of the Braves player’s home and she was selling clothes for her clothing line. I bought a few of the items and tried to ask T-boz some questions. She was very unfriendly. Chilli was the same way at another event that I saw her at. Pllleaassee, I will not support them at atll

Rick James

October 1st, 2012
5:39 pm

@Anita

The more you got into your story the more you sounded like a groupie..A scorned one.

WhyIsIt

October 1st, 2012
6:10 pm

That she has an elitist attitude and isn’t in the Elite!! Reality tv isn’t going to boost her career.. So sad!!

Successful Black Man

October 1st, 2012
6:42 pm

She needs that show just to pay her bills. Cant get a rich man anymore when your old, sick and fat

William

October 1st, 2012
6:51 pm

@Sucessful Black Man: Really?!!!

Nothingsurprisesmeanymore

October 2nd, 2012
9:08 am

Wow, @Successful Black Man, something tells me while you may be black, your definitely not successful….atleast when it comes to morals. I wonder if someone feels the same way about your mother.

Anjah

October 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

@Nothingsurprisesmeanymore. Successful Black Man does feel that way about his mother. That explains why he can relate to the situation. IAATS.

Johnny5

October 3rd, 2012
10:40 am

Awesome! That show R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli was hilarious! They are really entertaining in their element and their personalities are a big part of why TLC was successful. I will definitely be watching!! So glad to see black entertainers doing shows outside of “black media” and that is what TLC did best as a group — cross over! T-Boz is a great role model with all she has done for charity and is bonafide music royalty with a LEGACY… can’t go wrong with that :)

Renee

October 5th, 2012
4:50 pm

I wish her the best. She was always very talented and I think she’ll do well in the future.

Best wishes T-Boz
RIP Left-eye