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'NASCAR Wives' Gets Prime TLC Slot for Debut

January 10, 2009 10:03 AM

After it shows the crowning of a new Miss America, TLC plans to introduce the country to the women involved in a different type of competition.

“With the record ratings of ‘Miss America’ last year, we think of that timeslot as our post-Super Bowl slot, so that’s where we’ve chosen to debut ‘NASCAR Wives,'” said Eileen O’Neill, who’s starting to turn around struggling TLC.

The new series will focus on the women in the lives of the men who drive for NASCAR, a sport whose fan base is about 40% female.

“These are strong women, women who live extraordinary lives, run businesses, raise families and support their families when they hit the track and race at breakneck speeds of over 200 miles per hour,” Ms. O’Neill said.

One critic at Friday evening’s panel asked the NASCAR wives if they were familiar with Bravo’s “Real Housewives” and if they were concerned by the way those women are portrayed on TV.

“I’m not too familiar with that show, but I’m not concerned because the reason why I joined on is because I trust TLC and nothing is fabricated,” said Angie Skinner, wife of racer Mike Skinner. “It’s honest, and we’re approachable women. I’m not ashamed of what I do in my life, so I’m not ashamed to have it on TV.”

—Jon Lafayette

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