With Kate Gosselin’s popularity (or is it notoriety?) giving Dancing With the Stars its best ratings ever, TLC announced that it will stay in the mom-of-eight business by launching Twist of Kate sometime this summer. The new series will follow Gosselin as she travels the country to meet families with challenges at work or at home and attempt to “walk a mile in their shoes,” according to a TLC statement. The show will also give Gosselin a chance to “roll up her sleeves and see what she can to do to help.”
Gosselin’s brood won’t necessarily be the focus – especially since TLC is debuting two other shows about couples who go home with large families, including the Carpio Family Project (about a New York City couple with 18-month sextuplets in addition to an 8-year-old son) and Quintuplet Surprise (about a young Texas couple who have a 6-year-old daughter and five newborns). Gosselin, however, will star in a series of Kate Plus 8 specials that will focus on her complicated home life.
Meanwhile, ABC must have let out a huge sigh of relief when it was Buzz Aldrin — not the low-scoring Gosselin — who got the boot on Monday from DWTS. Gosselin is definitely having an impact on the ratings for the uber-reality show, which finished the week of March 29 as the most-watched TV show for the first time ever. It outranked both weekly installments of American Idol and, in fact, was the first regular TV series in five years to draw more viewers than both editions of Idol.
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