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Tyler Perry to helm TLC's first scripted series, plus more TLC upfront news

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TLC is taking its first step away from reality television, the network announced Thursday. The channel, known chiefly for series like 19 Kids and Counting and Say Yes to the Dress, will launch its first-ever scripted series later this year, and it will be produced by Tyler Perry Studios.

Tentatively titled Too Close To Home, the political drama will follow a young woman who quickly rises through the ranks in the Washington, D.C., political circuit, but is sent back to the trailer park she grew up in after her affair with a married senator makes national headlines. Though probably best known for comedies, Perry has also been behind a number of television dramas before this, including two that are currently airing on OWN: If Loving You Is Wrong and The Haves and the Have Nots.

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Along with the new scripted drama, TLC also announced a new show a little more in line with the TLC brand as we know it: a docuseries following interior designer couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. Under the working title Married To Design: Nate & Jeremiah, the series will chronicle the day-to-day lives of the married couple, giving viewers a look into their home life as well as their work life, as both men are also sought-after interior designers.

The network also announced new shows following the nation’s only all-female set of quintuplets, a three-generation-spanning family of 25 who all live under one roof, and an entirely female-run and operated tattoo parlor that caters to soccer moms and sorority sisters. Get all the news about TLC’s 2016 lineup here.

 

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