Sarah Palin's Alaska
On Sunday, TLC unveiled its highly anticipated and already heavily scrutinized Sarah Palin's Alaska, a series, it turns out, that is part travelogue, bigger part celebrity-family reality show.
Not so unlike Keeping Up with the Kardashians or The Osbournes, shows which ask viewers to relate to universal family dynamics amid the excesses, Sarah Palin's Alaska is nothing if not a showcase for just how ordinary and typical Sarah Palin's brood is. Mom might have a makeshift TV studio built into her home so she can beam in for guest appearances on The O'Reilly Factor. She also might soon be running for president, but the Palin household? It's just like yours.
Take the Palin kids. The former governor of Alaska, along with executive producer Mark Burnett, present for inspection Sarah as sweatsuit-wearing working mom. As a result, her kids are given ample screen time -- whether they want it or not. Here's how two of the five -- Piper, 9, and Willow, 16 — come off in the premiere:
Just days after the premiere of TLC reality show Sister Wives, stars Kody Brown and his four wives have already come under fire.
Police in Lehi, Utah told People on Monday that as a result of the show's heavy promotional campaign, the polygamist family is now under investigation. Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah, but...
After a nasty public divorce in 2009, Kate Gosselin put a whole new spin on the single mom label in 2010. Between her new show, Kate Plus 8, her infamous run on Dancing with the Stars and her cameo in the Emmys opening number, Gosselin has yet to slow down this year. "I feel like the years just keep getting crazier and crazier, but it's a fun-crazy," she tells TV Guide Network.
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So why were her eight famous kiddies absent on TV's biggest night? And what's next? Watch the video below to find out:
Dr. Mike Dow
What do you get when you mix Intervention, Hoarders, and a whole lot of food? TLC's Freaky Eaters. "It definitely has elements of both shows — the premise of Intervention and the obsessive-compulsion of Hoarders," co-host and psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow tells TVGuide.com of the new TLC series. "But [those shows] explore well-known addictions and disorders. I think people will be surprised and moved to learn about food addiction, which is not as front-and-center, but affects so many people." The docu-series profiles people with bizarre obsessions with a certain food, compelling them to eat it over and over again. Dow, who treats the eaters with nutrition and wellness expert JJ Virgin, says more people than you might expect can relate to the compulsion.
TVGuide.com: "Freaky eaters" makes for a catchy show name, but is there an actual medical term for people with the compulsion to eat the same food?
Mike Dow: You know ...
Kat Von D
"I still have a lot of mixed feeling about reality television," admits Kat Von D, the Hollywood tattoo artist whose reality series, LA Ink, returned for a fourth season last week (Wednesdays, 10/9c, TLC). "I've lost friends but I've made new friends, too, and the show has basically changed everything for me." Season 3 ended with the surprise departure of Corey Miller, Kat's longtime mentor and business partner at High Voltage, her L.A. tattoo parlor...
Polygamists may already have a fictional voice, thanks to HBO's Big Love, but Sister Wives, a new TLC series, will raise the stakes when a real polygamist family steps in front of the cameras.
"I just didn't want to raise my children with the same fear that I was raised with," Christine Brown told TVGuide.com about her family's decision to go public. "I'd rather be open and just...
Sarah Palin, Kate Gosselin
Two of America's most famous families will come face-to-face when the Gosselins make an appearance on Sarah Palin's Alaska later this year, TLC President Eileen O'Neill announced Friday at the Television Critics Association's fall preview.
Kate Gosselin and all eight children will go on a camping trip with Sarah Palin and her clan in one episode of the TLC's eight-part Alaska.
TLC is on the hunt for the next Cake Boss with a new competition series to be hosted by the chef himself, Buddy Valastro.
The untitled spinoff will pit 10 rising cake makers against each other to find out who has the right ingredients to follow in Valastro's footsteps. The winner of the eight-episode show will walk away with...