TLC GIVES MISS AMERICA A MAKEOVER IN
ORIGINAL REALITY PROGRAM MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK
-- Michael Urie from ABC’s “Ugly Betty” to Host Four-part HD Special
Premiering January 4, Leading up to the Miss America LIVE! Finale on
January 26 --
Los Angeles, CA -- TLC ushers this classic television event into the
modern era with the new four-part reality special MISS AMERICA: REALITY
CHECK. Michael Urie (ABC’s “Ugly Betty”) is tapped to host the programs,
premiering January 4 at 10 PM (ET/PT) and airing consecutive Friday
nights leading up to the MISS AMERICA LIVE! finale on Saturday, January
26, 8-10 PM (ET live/PT tape-delayed). MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK was
shot in high definition and can be viewed on the TLC HD simulcast.
For the first time in history, MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK brings all 52
beauty queens together to live under one roof to undo everything they
have learned about pageant basics and determine if their smarts,
attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society. Led by host Urie,
the girls participate in an intense set of events and challenges
designed to prepare them for the finale event, a renewed competition
that will redefine what it takes to be Miss America, a relatable and
individual ‘it girl’ who can connect with today’s modern woman.
MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK calls on tastemakers to lead the hopefuls
through their journey as they learn the latest trends, newest hairstyles
and how to represent themselves as role models in today’s modern world.
Throughout the episodes, the girls will be critiqued on their progress
by an elite advisory board comprised of celebrity stylist Jeanie Mae, Us
Weekly editor Dina Sansing, and celebrity photographer Mark Liddell.
Additionally, special guests will share their area of expertise with the
contestants including the current Miss America Lauren Nelson, Stacy
London and Clinton Kelly from TLC’s hit show “What Not to Wear,”
world-renowned make-up artist Napoleon Perdis, celebrity hairstylist Kim
Vo, choreographer Fred Tallaksen, and fashion expert Randolph Duke.
“The Miss America of today is more than a pretty face,” says Brant
Pinvidic, senior vice president of programming for TLC. “These are
remarkable women who have made great contributions to their communities.
We want to give America the chance to get to know these women and follow
their journey as they strive to obtain the Miss America title on January
26 in Las Vegas.”
MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK is produced by PB&J Television for TLC.
Executive Producers for PB&J are Patty Ivins and Julie Pizzi. TLC's HD
simulcast service is available nationwide on DirecTV and DISH Network
and via numerous local cable and telco providers.
TLC's innovative hit series include perennial fashion favorite What Not
to Wear; Little People Big World, now in its third season; Miami Ink and
the hit spin-off LA Ink. The channel defined home design with Trading
Spaces and continues to reinvent the genre with Property Ladder, Flip
That House and Moving Up. TLC's daytime lineup includes the Emmy
Award-winning A Baby Story as well as Take Home Chef, featuring one of
People Magazine's Sexiest Men, Curtis Stone. The channel is available in
more than 93 million homes in the US, nearly 8 million homes in Canada
and through the website at www.tlc.com. TLC is part of Discovery
Communications which is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (NASDAQ: DISCA,
DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks,
Discovery's founder and chairman.
About Miss America
The Miss America Pageant - and the scholarship program itself - is among
the most enduring endeavors in modern American history. From its humble
beginnings as a "bathing beauty'" contest in the 1920s, the Miss America
Organization today is one of the nation's leading achievement programs
and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young
women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local
organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and
scholarship assistance, helping young women all across the country to
reach their dreams and goals. For more information, go to
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