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‘Twist of Kate’: Gosselin’s new TLC series

By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
Kate Gosselin is struggling as a hoofer on Dancing With the Stars, but she already has found her new calling: using her role as an “example mom” to help and learn from others.

TLC announces plans today for the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star to get her own series, Twist of Kate, and to revisit her family life, without ex-husband Jon, in a series of Kate Plus 8 specials. It’s part of a plan to build on the channel’s growth that also includes Sarah Palin‘s Alaska, a travelogue series about the state and its high-profile former governor.

In Twist of Kate, Gosselin will use fan letters from women inspired by her story as the basis for profiles of women facing their own challenges. Twelve episodes will start airing in late summer.

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“I look at it as a loose concept,” says Gosselin, who says that despite rumors, she never contemplated dating or talk shows. “I want to be out there learning from others, helping to provide insight whenever I can, though I don’t consider myself an expert on anything.”

Gosselin will visit the homes and workplaces of everyday people. “She will be in that person’s shoes. And more often than not, it’s not going to be terribly comfortable for her,” says TLC chief Eileen O’Neill. “She’s game for things, but she also has limits and boundaries.”

Kate Plus 8 was scuttled last year when her ex-husband raised concerns about filming the kids, but the first in a series of specials will air in June, focused on Gosselin’s new role as single mom. (Jon has sued Kate for primary custody of their children.)

Gosselin is a true reality-TV superstar and a source of fascination for tabloid magazines that chronicle her mothering skills, her marital woes and her every dance step. Good or bad, her appearance on ABC’s Dancing has helped the show earn its biggest season start yet, beating American Idol for the first time two weeks in a row.

“The fact that people really support me and want the kids and I to do well … is flattering,” she says. “I never understood the importance of fans until we struggled and went through tough times.”

And those fans are keeping her dancing on ABC despite withering comments from the show’s judges. The contest “is very much more mental than physical, willing my mind to be able to withstand the pressure and pull off what I do in rehearsal,” she says.

Does she think the judges’ criticisms are fair? “No, but it’s their option to say what they’re going to say.”

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April 8, 2010 - Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Books, Couples, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Humor?, Reality TV | , ,

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