The next Gosselins? TLC orders "Sextuplets"

Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:02am EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Kate Gosselin is about to get some company: A new family of sextuplets is moving in at TLC.

The network has ordered eight episodes of "Sextuplets Take New York," which will chronicle a family billed as America's first Latino sextuplets. It is set to premiere September 14.

The series revolves around Victor and Digna Carpio, who are raising four boys and two girls in Queens, N.Y. All are 22 months old, recently have mastered the art of walking and soon will be talking. Each episode follows the daily challenges of raising the babies (50 diaper changes a day) and a 9-year-old son in a modest-sized home.

The network cast the family after doing a special on three sets of parents struggling with a multiple birth.

"We fell in love with them," said Nancy Daniels, senior vp production and development at TLC. "All of our shows look at interesting families and interesting live. They're struggling with taking care of a lot of small children who are all the same age and overrunning their house."

The show is sure to draw comparisons to TLC's sextuplet smash "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which since has morphed into a series of specials titled "Kate Plus 8."

TLC's big-brood reality programing has done well at the network, which also has "19 Kids and Counting" and the recently announced "Quints by Surprise," as well as such other unconventional family portraits as "Little People, Big World" and "One Big Happy Family." The network also has the upcoming polygamy series "Sister Wives."