TLC is currently broadcasting reality shows about everything from the Amish to people working in a funeral home and everything in between in a bid to compete on ratings (TLC’s Breaking Amish, for context, drew averages of three million viewers as did Here Comes Honey Boo Boo whereas A&E’s Duck Dynasty recently drew 6.9 million viewers and E!’s Kardashian shows reach around three million).
TLC has already produced a spin-off of Toddlers & Tiaras, the show about mothers who appear to be aggressively living out their dreams through their minor children. One of the show’s breakout stars Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson landed Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which has been a ratings success. And producers are trying to do it again by releasing another pageant show. This time, however, it’ll be about the mothers.
Here’s the official statement announcing Pageant Wives (show’s working title): “The cast will include a pageant pro who fills her time with 300 appearances every year, some for titles she doesn’t even hold anymore; a life-long hopeful who has yet to win a crown despite competing for 25 years; and a fiercely competitive Pageant Director who thinks she holds the reins over the entire circuit. Production begins in December 2012. A premiere date is not yet set.”
According to the Denver Post, the show focuses on older, married female contestants in a special (hoping to be picked up as a series) that starts shooting this month in Denver. Pageant Wives is produced by ”Los Angeles-based LMNO Productions in association with Intuition Productions and Little Lamb Media.”