A Texas family with Ogden roots will star in a TLC network special about a family with a business that armors cars, and with a lifestyle guided by the LDS faith.
"Family Armor" will focus on Trent Kimball, of Texas Armoring Corporation, who armors vehicles for leaders of foreign countries, for celebrities, and for any client with safety concerns and the money to pay for top-quality protection. The one-hour special plays at 11 p.m. Thursday and at 1 a.m. Friday on TLC, seen by most Utah Comcast subscribers on Channel 30.
The special also focuses on Kimball's family life, with his wife, Courtney, their six children, ages 2-13, and a visiting 16-year-old niece; on Kimball's business partner and brother-in-law Jason Forston, a father of one; and on both families' faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"The show is based on the business," said Kimball, 37, of San Antonio.
"It's an 'American Chopper' type show, but we don't yell and scream at the employees," he added, with a laugh.
But there's plenty of action.
"We shoot a lot of guns, blow things up and work with cool cars," Kimball said. "There are fun things we are able to do because of the nature of our job."
The families' LDS faith is demonstrated in how it behaves, as in scenes from a Family Home Evening, Kimball said.
"Being Mormon is part of our life," Kimball said. "If someone is going to film you and your family, it's inherent that is part of what they are going to film."
Kimball's mother is Diane Sewell Kimball, an Ogden native who moved away after graduating from high school in the 1960s.
Trent Kimball said he hopes the special, which he hopes will be picked up as a series, will clear up misunderstandings.
"There's a lot of misconceptions about who our clients are, and confusion about who drives armored vehicles," Kimball said. "People think of drug traffickers in Mexico, but we've never sold to a drug trafficker. We do sell to presidents of different countries, and businessmen who need protection in other countries, and in the U.S., professional athletes and celebrities."
He won't drop names, so don't bother asking.
"There are a lot of misconceptions about Mormonism out there, too, and we were able to address some of those," Kimball said.
"The way we raise our children based on gospel principles comes up in the show."
The special was produced by Stiletto Entertainment, best known for Barry Manilow specials, including the Emmy-nominated "Barry Manilow: Songs of the Seventies," which aired on PBS.
Stiletto Entertainment executive producer Mark Grove said he expects "Family Armor" to draw a wide audience.
"Bullet-proofing cars is something that has always been fascinating from a guy point of view," Grove said. "But when we met the Kimball and Forston families, they were so charismatic, we knew we also had a project females could enjoy.
The content is about 80 percent car work, 20 percent home life.
"It's always a delicate balance between what guys, girls and kids will enjoy, and we think we have found it with this show."