Leah Remini is to star in her own reality TV show.
The Kings of Queens actress, who quit Scientology last year, has been given 12 half-an-hour episode slots by TLC for her untitled program, which began filming today.
"Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mum, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network," said Nancy Daniels, TLC's manager.
The 43-year-old star will be joined by her husband Angelo - to whom she has been married for 10 years - and their feisty nine-year-old daughter Sofia, who "isn't afraid to keep her parents in check." The cameras will also capture Leah's opinionated mother, Vicky Marshall, unconventional father, George Remini, and her sister Nicole, who all talk in a secret coded language. There will also be cameo appearances from Leah's housekeeper and personal assistant, and Sofia's impatient British nanny.
Nick Lachey's wedding to Vanessa Minnillo will be televised.
The 37-year-old star - who has previously featured in a TV series about his life following his first marriage to singer Jessica Simpson - will appear with his new wife in Nick and Vanessa's Dream Wedding on TLC a few weeks after the nuptials.
"We're lucky to have such passionate and loving fans, and we thought partnering with TLC on this special would be the best way to share the exciting journey we're on with all the people that support us and our relationship," the pair said in a statement.
In addition to the marriage itself, the show will also feature footage including Vanessa's search for her dream dress and their joint wedding shower. Nick has previously revealed he is keen to start a family soon after getting married so he can catch up with his brother Drew, who has two children.
"I'd like to be a dad sooner than later. I'm getting up there. I've gotta catch up with my brother. [Drew's] got two and I've got zero, so the pressure is on me!" I'm at a point in my life where I'm ready to start another chapter. Having kids is a big part of that. I'm excited for what comes next. Life is a journey, and I'm certainly ready to close this chapter and move on to the next."
Don’t act surprised. Rumor has it that the woman who resigned as Alaska’s governor has decided to walk away from her TLC reality show.
It seems that Sarah Palin’s Alaska -- which was based on enjoying everything the state has to offer -- has reached the end of its one-season run. TLC just might have to give Kate Gosselin another show.
TLC has offered no official comment, but producer Mark Burnett has not returned to Wasilla, Alaska to begin work on Season 2. The show nabbed 3.2 million viewers with its premiere, big numbers for cable, and sources say that Palin enjoyed making the show.
So why would she quit while she’s ahead? Most are speculating that the
former politician wants to be ready for the upcoming election season, and she just can’t commit to reality TV and being the next president all at the same time.
Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
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The caribou-killing episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska is still making waves in the media, despite Palin’s accusatory, attempted Facebook damage control. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who recently penned The Social Network, pulled no punches in a recent rant published by The Huffington Post. He called the reality politician “deranged” and accused her of making “snuff films.”
"Like 95% of the people I know, I don't have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt," he wrote. "But like absolutely everybody I know, I don't relish the idea of torturing animals,” Sorkin fired.
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Kate Gosselin will soon be forced to learn a very hard lesson: There are no tanning booths in the wilderness.
Later this weekend on Sarah Palin's reality series, two of TLC's most controversial personalities will finally get a chance to meet. That is when Kate will drag her brood of eight to the other side of the country to meet the former governor and her family.
We've already seen how Dancing with the Stars' Tony Dovolani can react when frustrated by Gosselin -- but how will Palin respond when Kate cries, "I’m freezing to the bone" or "I'm hungry!"? Find out this Sunday when the two unite on Sarah Palin's Alaska.
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Sarah Palin’s Alaska is not for the faint of heart. The former(?) politician has already ruffled a few feathers among the animal-loving community for some of the more graphic scenes in her TLC reality show, and now PETA is pretty PO’ed.
Dan Matthews, vice president of PETA, took exception to a recent scene where Sarah Palin killed a caribou on camera. "Sarah seems to think that resorting to violence and blood and guts may lure people into watching her boring show. But the ratings remain as dead as the poor animals she shoots," he said in a recent statement.
But Sarah anticipated as much, firing a few preemptive strikes through social media before the episode even aired. "Tonight's hunting episode 'controversial'?" She asked her Facebook followers. "Really? Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight's episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy."
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It might be too soon to say whether the curiosity factor will die down, but there’s one thing Sarah Palin can safely claim (for now): her new TLC series is a big hit.
Last night’s debut of Sarah Palin’s Alaska had approximately 5 million people tuning it. That’s the largest number ever for a series premiere on that channel. (Episodes of Jon & Kate have drawn larger numbers.)
The reality program/travel show/political campaign – from Survivor producer Mark Burnett – is scheduled to last another seven weeks (unless, for some reason, Sarah decides to wants to end things early).
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:
- American Dad (FOX) – 8 more episodes ordered
- Brothers & Sisters (ABC) - 4 more episodes ordered
- Chase (NBC) – Full season order
- Chuck (NBC) – Full season order
- The Event (NBC) – Full season order
- Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) – Full season order
Read More | TV by the Numbers
-Sister Wives pulled in a record number of voyeurs for TLC on Sunday. The reality series about a polygamist family drew in the network’s largest audience (2.3 million) for a premiere in a year.
-Dexter Morgan saw killer numbers this weekend as well. The Season 5 premiere of Dexter—which also brought in 2.3 million—was Showtime’s best opener in 15 years.
-Drummer Max Weinberg will not be joining Conan O’Brien for his new late-night talk show. Guitarist and keyboard player Jimmy Vivino will take over when Conan debuts on TBS on November 8.
-Joseph Cerniglia, who appeared on a 2007 episode of Kitchen Nightmares, was found dead in the Hudson River last week. He is now the second person connected to a Gordon Ramsay show to have committed suicide. (Hell’s Kitchen contestant Rachel Brown died in 2007.)
(Make sure to check out TV Envy’s Programming Schedule.)
Season premieres: 90210, Gossip Girl, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah
- 90210 (CW, 8 p.m.): Season premiere. “A deadly earthquake strikes Beverly Hills.” This explains what happened to the Peach Pit.
- Little People, Big World (TLC, 8:30 p.m.): “Matt and Zach embark on a father-son road trip in an attempt to mend their broken relationship.” A reconciliation is as likely as the show being renewed.
- Hoarders (A&E, 9 p.m.): “A woman’s home is caving in from the weight of garbage piled up to the ceiling.” The good news? The cave-in created additional storage space underneath the house.
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