TLC orders 'Toddlers and Tiaras' child beauty pageant docu-reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/19/2008
TLC has announced it has ordered Toddlers and Tiaras, a new reality series that will go behind-the-scenes of child beauty pageants by profiling its pint-sized participants and their parents.
Each hour-long Toddlers and Tiaras episode will follow youth of different ages and backgrounds as they vie for the crown at a child beauty pageant -- from the process of preparing for the competition to how they react when the results are revealed.
"The appeal and success of Little Miss Sunshine illustrates that this competitive world really exists," said TLC executive Howard Lee. "These children and their parents pour so much energy into wanting to win and it's fascinating to watch."
Toddlers and Tiaras isn't the first reality series inspired by Little Miss Sunshine, a 2006 Oscar-winning film that followed a fractured family as they attempted to get their young daughter to a children's beauty pageant.
Three months ago, WE tv orderedLittle Miss Perfect, which would follow Florida families who entered their 5- to 11-year-old daughters in a beauty competition.
WE tv ordered six one-hour episodes of Little Miss Perfect from NorthSouth Prods., and the series is slated to debut early next year.
Toddlers and Tiaras is being produced by Authentic Entertainment and is currently scheduled to premiere in late January.