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Filming Underway on GMC TV's Reality-based Original Series "Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy"

Famed Inspiration Behind the Blockbuster Film The Blind Side

ATLANTA, March 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GMC TV has started production in Los Angeles on its World Premiere Original Series "Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy." Produced by Tremendous! Entertainment, this inspirational and compelling series will follow different families every episode as they make the ultimate commitment to open up their hearts and add a new member or members to their family.  The series will make its world television premiere on GMC TV in June. 

Hosted by Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real-life inspiration behind the blockbuster film The Blind Side which earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award® for Best Actress, "Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy" will feature families as they go through the practical, physical and emotional process of adding a new family member and make over part of their homes to accommodate the new addition. Tuohy will provide the series' creative vision and oversee the home improvement projects for each episode.  "Family Addition" will also feature Team Tuohy, which includes the insight of Tuohy's daughter, Collins Tuohy, a noted inspirational speaker and co-owner of Whimsy Cookie Company, a boutique cookie company; and Special Educator "Miss Sue" Mitchell (the character played by Kathy Bates in The Blind Side), each providing support to families in unique ways as they transition into their new family situation. And as is Leigh Anne's get-it-done-style, don't be surprised who else may show up as needed to help get the project completed. 

"There are so many unsung heroes in communities across America who demonstrate unconditional love and support by taking on the responsibility of fostering and then adopting children in their care," says Tuohy.  "These are life changing, emotional situations that can be overwhelming.  In 'Family Addition' we help to break down walls if necessary to help families deal with the changes they experience and to help ensure that ultimately each child has an opportunity to have a family and a place where they feel loved, valued and accepted."

"We are pleased to partner with the indomitable Leigh Anne Tuohy who is a proven champion for those in need," and to work with Tremendous! Entertainment, one of the leading production companies in the industry," said Brad Siegel, vice-chairman of GMC. "This unique show is a reality series with heart.  It showcases families who are blending together to make a new family unit.  The road is not always smooth.  Each family faces challenges whether it be emotional or physical that have to be met and Leigh Anne brings her no holds barred, yet compassionate approach to each unique family addition to help them through the transition.  We get to share in the journey as these families open their homes and their hearts to children in need. Their commitment is an inspiration to us all."

As co-owner of the interior design firm, "Flair I," Tuohy's design work has been featured "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on HGTV, and in numerous publications. Along with her husband Sean, they established their charity, The Making It Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.  Find out more about Leigh Anne at www.LeighAnneTuohy.com and follow her on twitter http://twitter.com/leighannetuohy and on facebook http://facebook.com/theLeighAnneTuohy.

Production begins in the Los Angeles area before shifting to Memphis in April.

GMC TV Presents "Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy."  Produced by Tremendous! Entertainment.  Executive Producers: Colleen Needles Steward, Tim Hamilton, Shannon Keenan Demers, Marilyn Wilson, Leigh Anne Tuohy and Don Epstein.  Co-Executive Producers: Becca Gullion and Jessica Reynolds.  Consulting producer is Lee Kernis

Tremendous! Entertainment is an industry leading television and home video production company that specializes in telling great stories especially ones that break new ground, feature memorable characters and inspire and entertain.  With state of the art production facilities in Los Angeles and Minnesota, Tremendous! creates and produces a diversified portfolio of unscripted television including docu-series, travel,  natural history, science and lifestyle programming. Tremendous! Entertainment was established in 1995.

GMC TV (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America's favorite network for uplifting music and family entertainment. The network presents original and acquired movies, series, stage plays and music specials along with gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. The GMC TV brand is reflected in "Uplift Someone," the network's successful pro-social initiative.    GMC TV can be seen in more than 58 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.



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