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'Sarah Palin's Alaska' gets network deal

Kate Gosselin, "Cake Boss" and now ... Sarah Palin.

Discovery Communications has finished its deal with the former Alaska governor for her reality show, with the company planning to air the series on its TLC channel.

"Discovery Communications is so excited to help Sarah Palin tell the story of Alaska, and to have a great documentary filmmaker in Mark Burnett helping to reveal Alaska's powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state's proudest daughters," said Peter Liguori, COO, Discovery Communications.

Eight episodes of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" have been ordered from producer Burnett, with a price tag of just under $1 million per episode.

"Our family enjoys Discovery's networks," Palin said. "I look forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans."

As first reported in THR, Discovery Communications edged out rival A&E Networks for the show,
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TLC sets obesity reality series

The network behind "Little People, Big World" is taking on another group of people who don't quite fit in the regular society.

Tlc has ordered a six-episode series that chronicles the lives of a morbidly obese family facing everyday realities.

The half-hour docu series, tentatively titled "One Big Happy Family," hails from Rdf USA, whose senior vp development and current Mike Duffy created the show.

He drew on his own experience.

"Growing up, we had a problem with obesity, and I know how it feels to be fat," Duffy said.

Duffy's inspiration is his father who, at age 60, lost 200 pounds.

"That changed the entire dynamic of my family," he said. Obesity is always is a family issue, but "watching television, it occurred to me that there is a void for programming where we deal with obesity in the family unit," he added.

Duffy, who is exec producing "One Big Happy
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Discovery announces new shows at upfront

Discovery announces new shows at upfront
Discovery Communications Tuesday highlighted a slew of new programming across all of its networks -- including Discovery Channel, TLC and the soon-to-launch Planet Green -- during its upfront presentation to advertisers at the Beverly Wilshire.

TLC said it is shaking up its schedule with an "aggressive" slate of programming and a scheduling strategy that creates new opportunities for advertisers to be integrated into the network's programming. Network executives said they're building a new brand that "creates an environment with a sense of humor and a home for real-life, feel-good reality," with the brand and content being organized into themed nights.

Monday will be the night for the network's most successful family-based comedy-reality series along with new shows in that theme, Friday centers on makeovers, and Saturday is themed around home and decorating. The other nights will focus on relationships, careers and entertaining and include new genres like competition and games.

Returning series include family reality shows "Little People, Big World" and "Jon & Kate Plus 8," makeover series "What Not to Wear", home-design shows "Trading Spaces" and "Flip That House". New to the schedule will be makeover series "Real Simple", home-design series "Your Place or Mine?" and the Bob Guiney-hosted "Date My House", relationship show "Single Moms" and career-themed "The Singing Office", from Scott Sternberg.

Falling into what TLC calls the "unusual lives" programs are returning series "L.A. Ink" and "American Chopper" and the new shows "Ashley Paige", about a bikini designer, and the tentatively titled "Napoleon Complex", which follows students at a makeup academy.

Among the new series at Discovery Channel are "Expeditions With Josh Bernstein," featuring the former History Channel personality that moved to Discovery last year; "How Stuff Works", based on the Web site; "Prototype This!" in which inventors and engineers try to create innovative prototypes; "One Way Out", centering on extreme escape artist Jonathan Goodwin; and "Time Warp", which plays with time to lets viewers see events that normally happen way too quickly or slowly, like the break of a matchstick.

Big ratings for 'Little People' premiere

Big ratings for 'Little People' premiere
TLC's Little People, Big World notched an all-time ratings high in its new Monday night time slot, while FX's The Shield grew in the second week of its new season.

Little People, which had its third-season debut with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 p.m., averaged 2.8 million viewers for the 8 p.m. episode and 3.2 million for the 8:30 p.m. telecast. That averages to 3 million viewers for the hour, making Little People the top-ranking program among basic cable for its time slot Monday.

Meanwhile, Shield saw its numbers increase over last week's sixth-season debut. The show averaged 2.4 million total viewers and 1.6 million adults 18-49 at 10 p.m. Tuesday, up from 2.1 million viewers and 1.4 million in the demo last week.

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