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."
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