If a member of TLC wanted at reality show, it makes sense to get picked by a network called 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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk