TLC has unveiled its new Kate Gosselin-sans-eight series, while Animal Planet is undergoing a marketing makeover, and Oprah Winfrey is heading to latenight — and searching for a new TV star with Mark Burnett.
Those are some of the announcements on the docket as Discovery Communications meets with advertisers Thursday in New York.
At TLC, “Twist of Kate” will follow the controversial Gosselin as she meets other women and moms and sees how they live.
The previously announced successor program to “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” “Kate Plus 8,” will now air as a limited number of specials — likely in response to the ongoing upheaval in the Gosselin family dynamic (including a recent custody suit filed by soon-to-be ex-hubby Jon Gosselin).
Also at TLC, the channel’s fascination with large families continues with a project starring “Multiple of Multiples” family the Carpios, who have 18-month-old sextuplets at home. And “Quintuplet Surprise” centers on the Austin-based Jones family, who have five newborns.
TLC’s previously announced relationship with Kelly Ripa has led to “Homemade Millionaire,” which centers on aspiring entrepeneurs. And “Auctioneers” centers on the stories behind an auction house.
On the food front, TLC is whipping up “Cake Boss Challenge”; the cooking competish “Inedible to Incredible,” starring chef John Besh; the six-part “Cupcake Sisters”; and Aliamanu alum Rodelio Aglibot hosts the two-part “Food Buddha.”
TLC also has the previously announced “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” two new versions of “Say Yes to the Dress,” and the competish “Battle of the Wedding Designers.”
Over at Animal Planet, the net’s focus on adding more human characters to the mix — including Mike Tyson’s pigeon racing show — has led to a slogan change.
The “Animal Planet: Surprisingly Human” campaign launches later this month.
Change comes as the channel introduces “Skunk Whisperer” and other new shows including “Dolphin Warriors,” “Last Chance Highway” and “Must Love Cats.”
As for OWN, five new series have been added to the existing 10 that had been previously announced.
New entries include “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which follows Winfrey as she travels around the world; “Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind,” which will focus on the creative process of talent like Lady Gaga and James Cameron; and the competish “Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,” which will be exec produced by Mark Burnett.
Winfrey is also tapping best pal Gayle King to hot the daily “Gayle King Live,” based on her radio show; and singer Shania Twain will be followed by cameras in the Gay Rosenthal-produced “Why Not? With Shania Twain.”