Not since the heyday of Lucille Ball has one woman been so visible on TV – and now it’s Kate Gosselin‘s turn.
From her launching pad to fame, Jon & Kate Plus 8, to her current stint on Dancing with the Stars, the mother-dancer-divorcée is now poised to star in her own new series, Twist of Kate, as well as several Kate Plus 8 specials, a rep for TLC confirms to PEOPLE.
As the title points out, the Kate Plus 8 specials will focus on her life as a single mother and costar the young Gosselin brood, despite the series of well-publicized clashes between Kate and her ex, Jon, over custody of the children.
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In 12 episodes due to begin airing this summer, Twist of Kate will charter new territory, with Gosselin responding to fan letters from those inspired by her story as a means to profile women in their own challenging situations, reports USA Today.
“I look at it as a loose concept,” Gosselin tells the paper, which notes that the reality TV star – who’s also been a guest host on The View – never considered dating or talk shows. “I want to be out there learning from others, helping to provide insight whenever I can, though I don’t consider myself an expert on anything.”
As for her own challenges on DWTS” (and elsewhere, for that matter): “The fact that people really support me and want the kids and I to do well … is flattering,” she says. “I never understood the importance of fans until we struggled and went through tough times.”
Get a sneak peek of this week’s issue – Justin Bieber’s world, Jennifer Hudson’s new body and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews’s relationship – which is on newsstands Friday