• Nov 14, 2009
We're not precisely sure how to treat this one, so we're going to go ahead and use the "jump in with both feet" method. TLC is launching a new reality show called Family Armor that follows the exploits of two Mormon brothers-in-law that build bulletproof cars for a living. That doesn't sounds so sexy. Try this quote from the press release on for size:
"When not at the factory, Trent is the father of six rowdy children and married to his live-wire of a wife, Courtney. Jason and his wife Lacy are first-time parents, working to catch up in the baby race. Trent and Jason devote their time to work, kin and religion...and along the way they get to shoot guns and blow things up."
Yeah! Much better, right? It's such a hairbrained, preposterous, stretch of an idea for a show that it just might work. Now, we know they're on different networks, but if Family Armor can somehow hook up with The Real Housewives of Atlanta, well, fireworks people – fireworks! Full press release after the jump.

[Source: TLC]

PRESS RELEASE:

"FAMILY ARMOR": TV'S NEXT PIERCING HIT
STILETTO Television in Association with TLC Presents New Reality TV Show
PREMIERES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th at 10pm/9c on TLC


LOS ANGELES, CA (November 11, 2009)-FAMILY ARMOR, reality TV's newest entry, introduces viewers to the world of vehicle armoring and bulletproofing. Debuting on November 19th at 10:00pm (ET/PT), this one hour special follows two Mormon brothers-in-law, who own Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC)-the leading worldwide supplier of armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. This one-hour TLC special, produced by STILETTO Television and executive produced by Mark C. Grove, Garry C. Kief and Troy P. Queen, is one of the first to follow the everyday lives of a devout Mormon family on reality television.

FAMILY ARMOR follows the dynamic in-laws as they balance faith and family life with their dangerous business-transforming everyday cars into 007-esque, bomb-resistant and gadget-filled fortresses for domestic and international corporate executives, celebrities, diplomats and soccer moms. Led by charismatic Trent Kimball and his younger brother-in-law, Jason, TAC is aided and abetted by a motley crew of expert engineers. When not at the factory, Trent is the father of six rowdy children and married to his live-wire of a wife, Courtney. Jason and his wife Lacy are first-time parents, working to catch up in the baby race. Trent and Jason devote their time to work, kin and religion...and along the way they get to shoot guns and blow things up.

"Cars, guns and God...this show has it all," Grove said. "The charismatic Kimball and Forston families are a blast to watch as they guide us through the complex art of bulletproofing vehicles, all the while lifting the veil on their mysterious Mormon faith."


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This show is based on the guy who owns Texan Armouring Corporation, TAC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess you should be telling black Californians they "need" armored vehicles as well? I'm sure that'll go over well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "OK, that show didn't go so well... so how about this: A lesbian and an interracial couple own a pet store in the trunk of their Saab. But here's the twist: the car frequently runs out of gas and they have to bob for french fries at the local McDonalds to get more."

      "That's sure to work!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look's like TLC fresh off wrecking one marriage will now wreck 2 at the same time and a business. Steve Young has shown that we only care about Mormons during Football season. As far as pop culture is concern lets keep it that way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Next let's wait for the story about the family who owns a funeral home but is also an international rock band (the Osbournes do death?)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny how "The Learning Channel" has transformed into a network about societal dysfunction and bad life choices. Perhaps programming with some lessons on the materials or technical requirements for protection would be better? Or are we going to get some Mormon/Christian cult sorcery and hokus-pokus to go with Jon & Kate + Hate?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Reality TV. Waste of your time. Waste of your brain.
      Get a life instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. ANd this lame ass TV show has WHAT to do with cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Get a life instead"

        Why should I actually do stuff with my life when I can sit on the counch watching others do stuff?? That makes no sense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. As for 'The Learning Channel', not much educational material anymore. And notice the Discovery Channel is slowly taking the same, dumbing-down route. Cheap programming to entertain the one brain-cell crowd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just set this to TIVO. I thought it might be cool to check it out. Thanks Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      will they be up-armoring their underwear as well?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice to see that the ignorance, bigotry, and hate that saw the early Mormons driven from their homes and mercilessly slaughtered because of the religious beliefs that were supposedly protected by the constitution is still alive and well. Yay progress!

      As for the show, it will be lame, but all "reality" shows are. Perhaps the "stars" won't make me want to vomit this time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most of us have already seen how a car/truck/suv is made to be bullet proof or safe for hostile area's. Did TLC seriously think they can make a series for a entire season based off this? They are losing some rep with me in terms of the Auto-themed shows. Rides was epic, Over-Hauling was great though seeing the same classics redid over and over again did get tiresome and so did the um pranks but whateva. But this.. yeah I'll pass till there is a marathon TLC puts on some Sunday when they run out of programing and I'm bored outa my mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      TLC jumped the shark a loooong time ago and never looked back. I haven't watched that entire network - even by accident - since who-knows-when...
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