TLC Reality Shows

TLC also known as The Learning Channel is now one of the leading networks in terms of reality shows. They are always casting their current shows and even have an open form in which you can pitch ideas to them. The primary format is the docudrama reality show which centers around a person living their daily life and having it filmed. Being on a TLC reality show can completely transform someone’s life and career. One of the best examples of this would be Buddy Valastro. He has grown from being an excellent baker to being one of the most famous cake decorators in the country which has created opportunities for him to have a branded line of pans and mixes. Buddy is a prime example of the benefit of being on a show when everything goes well.

If you have a great idea for a show, but aren’t sure where to pitch it or how to get the process started, the TLC is always on the lookout for new an interesting people. It never hurts to pitch the idea to them and see what happens. If you’d like to share your thoughts with the CastingMaster community so you can find out what other people who follow the reality show industry think feel free to include it in the comments below.

In terms of casting for existing shows, TLC is one of the easiest networks to appear. Most of their shows have a specific angle and the goal is to find people who can meet the criteria. The perfect example of this is “90 Day Fiance” that finds people who are marrying someone on a K-1 visa which requires them to be married before the three month window expires. If you are in this situation and apply, there’s a very high likelihood of at least receiving a call back.

One of the major downsides of the TLC shows is that they have very little payout for appearing on a show. For example, most Food Network Shows pay about $10,000 for winning one of the cooking shows, and many people see a boost in their business simply from appearing on the network. This isn’t true for TLC and their shows. On the contrary some of them could be seen as incredibly derogatory or negative. An example of this would be extreme cheapskates which make the people who appear on the show almost a laughing stock. While I understand a lot of people are proud of their frugal ways, appearing on a show that opens your life to the general public could lead to ridicule so it’s wise to really think through the ramifications before applying for one of those shows.


TLC Reality Show Overview

  • Network Specialty: Docudrama
  • Casting Competitiveness: One Star
  • Primary Show Type: Single Episode

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