TLC TO DEBUT NEW SERIES “THE FAMILY CHANTEL,” A SPINOFF FROM THE “90 DAY FIANCÉ” FRANCHISE
Newest Family Series from TLC to debut on Mondays in July 2019
(Los Angeles, CA) – Buckle up, TLC and 90 Day Fiancé fans! Hot off their upcoming appearance on 90 DAY FIANCÉ: HAPPILY EVER AFTER?, fan-favorites Pedro and Chantel and their lively in-laws will be the focal point of a spinoff series from the 90 DAY FIANCÉ franchise called THE FAMILY CHANTEL, premiering Monday nights this July.
“This is an awesome moment for TLC, as we create a family show based on one of our most popular 90 Day couples, and on a whole new night,” said Howard Lee, President and General Manager of TLC. “Our fans can’t get enough of Pedro, Chantel and their larger-than-life families. For a brand known as THE destination for love, relationships and family shows, THE FAMILY CHANTEL hits the bullseye.”
Ever since Chantel first introduced Pedro to her family under the false pretense of him coming to America on a student visa, the drama that followed has kept fans obsessed. From their beginnings on 90 DAY FIANCÉ season four through 90 DAY FIANCÉ: HAPPILY EVER AFTER, Pedro and Chantel have weathered major marital ups and downs involving everything from feisty family members to their own trust issues. Viewers will follow this unique modern family as they try to move past their differences and come together as an extended family, but as Chantel’s parents Karen and Thomas try to protect their brood, will they push their children too far?
The family members featured in the upcoming series include Chantel’s parents Karen and Thomas and siblings River and Winter, as well as Pedro’s mother Lidia and sister Nicole.
The 90 DAY FIANCÉ franchise continually dominated Sunday nights in 2018, making the dramatic sixth season of the original series the franchise’s highest-rated among key demos, reaching Twitter’s #1 trending topic during its season finale. With the renewal of the entire franchise, including 90 DAY FIANCÉ for a seventh season, 90 DAY FIANCÉ: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS for a third season and spinoff series 90 DAY FIANCÉ: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? and 90 DAY FIANCÉ: WHAT NOW? returning later this month, fans are sure to get their weekly fill of TLC’s hit cultural phenomenon. In addition, later this summer, TLC will debut 90 DAY FIANCÉ: THE OTHER WAY, where love flows in the opposite direction as a collection of Americans make the ultimate sacrifice and move across the globe for the person they love.
For those who can’t wait until the new series, relive Chantel and Pedro’s most unforgettable moments to date on a special episode of 90 DAY FIANCÉ, “Pedro & Chantel: The Full Story,” airing Monday, April 15 at 8 ET/PT, with an early premiere on TLC GO beginning this Friday, April 12.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TheFamilyChantel and ‘Like’ 90 DAY FIANCÉ on Facebook for the latest updates. Catch up on the family’s journey so far, watch the 90 DAY FIANCÉ franchise on TLC.com or by downloading the TLC GO app.
THE FAMILY CHANTEL is produced by Sharp Entertainment for TLC.
AMC GREENLIGHTS THIRD SERIES IN THE WALKING DEAD UNIVERSE
ORIGINAL DRAMA CO-CREATED BY CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER SCOTT M. GIMPLE AND THE WALKING DEAD VETERAN WRITER AND PRODUCER MATT NEGRETE, WHO WILL SERVE AS SHOWRUNNER
SERIES TO BEGIN PRODUCTION THIS SUMMER AND PREMIERE IN 2020
New York – April 8, 2019 – AMC today announced that it has greenlit the third series in the expanding universe of The Walking Dead, an original drama co-created by Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe, and Matt Negrete, who has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead for the past five seasons and will be showrunner of the new series. Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series will begin production on 10 episodes this summer in Virginia and premiere on AMC in 2020.
“We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Scott has been an invaluable leader for the Universe since taking on the role of chief content officer, with a distinct and innovative vision for the franchise. Likewise, we’re excited to have Matt, who has been a crucial part of The Walking Dead family for over five years and penned many memorable episodes of TWD, at the helm of this original series.”
“On the heels of an incredible ninth season of The Walking Dead and as we approach an anticipated new season of Fear the Walking Dead on June 2, this is an exciting moment for the Dead franchise, which continues to thrive in a highly competitive environment,” said Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group for AMC Networks. “We are thankful to be working with some of the best creatives in the business to expand this Universe in new and exciting ways for our fans.”
“Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead Universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a ‘Decade of the Dead’ on TV and over fifteen years of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic,” said Gimple. “Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD’s long history — I’m thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we’ve seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.”
“I’m beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in The Walking Dead Universe,” said Negrete. “Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I’m honored to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can’t wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we’ve been cooking up!”
The third series in a franchise that includes the global hit series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.
Based on the comic book series written by Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead reign as the #1 and #4 cable dramas among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings, respectively. Both series take place in the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follow different groups of survivors traveling in search of a safe and secure home. (AMC)
History has axed Vikings after six seasons. The historical fiction series wont return for Season 7, but could spawn a spinoff series
As the hit drama is wrapping, History, Vikings creator Michael Hirst and studio MGM Television, are looking to extend the Vikings franchise with a new series. I’ve learned that the network is in talks with MGM and Hirst about a new series from the same creative team as the original series, which would continue the Vikings saga. If the offshoot project, which is in early stages, moves forward, Hirst will be joined by feature writer Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive).
Vikings, which will end its run after a total of 89 episodes, is currently halfway through airing the back 10 episodes of its 20-episode fifth season, with the finale slated for Jan. 30.