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Kate Gosselin to help "challenged" families on TLC. Seriously.

TLC announced Thursday it has greenlit a series in which Kate Gosselin will give life-assistance to "real families in the middle of their own extraordinary challenges" after walking a mile in their shoes, another series in which Nic Cage will give financial advice to real families in the middle of their own extraordinary challenges after walking a mile with their credit cards, and a third series in which Angelina Jolie will give relationship advice to real couples in the middle of their own extraordinary challenges after walking a mile in the wife's shoes with the husband in tow.

Okay, I made those last two up. But "Twist of Kate" is for real. America's Most Put Upon Mom is returning to the Silver Spring, Md. cable network that first foisted the mother of eight on an unsuspecting public in the spring of 2007 with "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

Her new primetime series will see her travel around the country, to find out how other people juggle work, family "and all the other challenges life throws at them," the network announced Thursday as part of its new-schedule presentations to advertisers in New York City.

In each episode, Kate will walk a mile in someone else's shoes - try out their jobs, see how their home life runs, find out what they do to let off steam, and "roll up her sleeves and see what she can do to help," the network said.

With a straight face.

Our money's on Kate finding a way to make it all about her, and won't it be fun to see how she winds the story around to her very very difficult life each episode, like she is doing so brilliantly right now on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as she paso dobles to the Lady Gaga tune "Paparazzi," and dances the jive to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing." I see a very promising "Twist of Kate" drinking game in our future. You'll just have time to stock the home bar -- "Twist/Kate" is debuting this summer.

Speaking of "Dancing with the Stars," Jon Gosselin and his new attorney must be clapping their little hands in glee today over the unveiling of "Twist of Kate." Jon this week sued Kate for prmary custody of their eight children, claiming she's an absentee mom because she's in L.A. every week, appearing on "Dancing." For her new show, sounds like she'll be on the road a lot.

Meanwhile, you haven't seen the last of Kate's 8 - just her husband, god willing -- on TLC. "Kate Plus 8" is being billed as "limited specials" that will be "following the lively brood on some fun adventures." Did the gravity of of the children's situation not forbid it, we have thought of at least three priceless cracks we could make here.

In other TLC news, Sarah Palin is joining the network as part of its "interesting lives" programming thread. "Sarah Palin's Alaska" will debut in the fall, and will be an "epic journey through the REAL Alaska" in which Palin will travel "from the tundra to the mountain peaks of this great state meeting both the extraordinary as well as 'just plain folks' like her and her husband, Todd," TLC said.

Coincidentally, Palin's near-miss-son-in-law, Levi Johnston also revealed details about his Alaska series on Thursday. Levi's docu-series will be about "a group of guys I grew up with hunting, fishing, camping in Alaska and trying to find new love," he told Life & Style magazine which hit newsstands Thursday, adding "I'll be interested to see Sarah's way of showing people Alaska, and then you turn to my show and I'll show you the real, rugged way of Alaska."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 8, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Truly awful stuff. I'm sure everyone involved will make tons of money.

Posted by: isthisajoke | April 8, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

uh, this perhaps should have been titled "Oxymoron: Life Coach." the Palin show can be retitled "Oxymoron: Absentee Homelife."

the thing of it is, Kate does have a strong audience which has surprised all in "Dancing" this year. every put-upon and/or dumped mother is pulling for her. and an audience around a million is a big profit for TLC. so that one ought to stick if it's at all plausible, and not a laugher.

Posted by: swschrad | April 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Ick! I'm going to have to stop watching anything on TLC in protest.

Posted by: eskarp | April 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she can compete with Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs. How on earth is Kate going to help anyone? She is too self absorbed to even begin to feel what another person goes through. This will be the show NOT TO WATCH. This woman has successfully branded herself into a high priced marketable joke. She is a media wh*re.

Posted by: WindyCity | April 8, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm with "escarp". No more TLC.

Posted by: MrsKirby | April 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like Sarah Palin's show and also Oprah's newly announced show. Can't imagine watching any one of them. Especially Kate's. But even more especially Palin's.

Posted by: sarahabc | April 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Please. Make. Kate. Go. Away.

Posted by: jwg9004 | April 8, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I love her, and would watch anything Kate does. You all just hate strong women.

Posted by: rightisright | April 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Pleased to say that I've never seen her on TV before and certainly this article doesn't make me want to change that now.

Posted by: ozpunk | April 8, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: kl3cb | April 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I remember when TLC stood for The Learning Channel and not Totally Lousy Content - a lot of what the folks up there in Silver Spring is cranking out is pure dreck. That's too bad they used to have some really decent programming. More reason to push for ala carte cable.

Posted by: rikkirat | April 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: snowbucks | April 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

rightistight...are you kidding me? K8? A strong woman? That would place her in the same category as Elenore Roosevelt, Mother Theresa, Maya Angelou, etc...these woman are strong because they have incredible minds and give selflessly in order to make POSITIVE changes for others. Don't see K8 in that category. Strong? def: determined, spirited, self-assertive, tough, tenacious, indomitable, formidable, redoubtable, strong-minded. K8 is none of these. I think you are mixing up your adjectives...I think you really meant to say she is STRONG WILLED:
determined, resolute, stubborn, obstinate, willful, headstrong, strong-minded, self-willed, unbending, unyielding, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, recalcitrant; formal refractory.


Also, enough with calling us h8ers and jealous. If that is all you can come up with in order to support your argument for K8, then that says it all!!!

Posted by: bamsham | April 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

At one time, I really enjoyed Jon and Kate plus 8; even though she emasculated her husband to no end...those kids were just irrestible (especially Aden). Now; I just wish she would go away and part of me is in Jon's corner. I can't believe one comment that said "you all just hate stong women" SMH!

Posted by: eaglechik | April 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Taking advice on anything from this woman is beyond belief, unless it's on how to be a self centered egotist. While it will give great material to the late night comics, it will be a disaster for anyone who is subjected to this vain idiot.

By the way, why exactly did she have those kids, she doesn't seem to want to be around them much.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me! Kate giving relationship advice! What is she going to do, teach all the women how to be shrews? She was not the one who gave the primary care to the kids when she and Jon were together. Watch the shows -- Jon got the twins ready for school, took care of the babies, took Kate her coffee (because she couldn't get up before 9AM)and left for work by 7AM. He came home at 7PM and started helping out. He took the kids places (because Kate couldn't drive the van). All she did was sit in the garage and watch kids play and yell at Jon for everything. I don't agree with his girlfriend choices, but the divorce was Kate's idea, not Jons. He did not start dating until they split.

Posted by: sgreen6634 | April 8, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Stop trashing Kate Gosselin. The media loves to hate strong, tenacious women.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | April 9, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse

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