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Kate Gosselin Returns to TV in 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

Feb. 16, 2013

Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Feb. 16--She's baaack.

Berks County mom of eight Kate Gosselin is back on TV. Only this time she's switching places with a Playboy playmate on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap."

The episode airs 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

For the season premiere of the show in which two celebrities change lives, Kate will trade her single-mom existence caring for her large family with that of Kendra Wilkinson of "The Girls Next Door" and "Kendra."

The two women will trade lives, kids and homes for one week.

Surprisingly they have quite a bit in common. Both are blond, both starred in reality series about their families and both are former "Dancing With the Stars" contestants, Kate in 2010 and Kendra in 2011 (neither won.)

Kate, a former star of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," seems to have it made with this deal. She gets to move in with Kendra's husband, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, and the couple's 3-year-old son Henry in sunny California.

Kendra, on the other hand, moves into the Gosselins' Pennsylvania home with Kate's eight kids -- twins Cara and Mady, 12, and sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Leah, Alexis and Hannah, 8. It's not clear if she will be dealing with the children's father, Jon Gosselin, since he and Kate divorced in 2009.

"Celebrity Wife Swap," which debuted in 2012, grew out of the reality show "Wife Swap," which ran on ABC from 2004 to 2010 and usually featured two families from different social classes and lifestyles, who swap wives and sometimes husbands, for two weeks.

The first season of "Celebrity Wife Swap" featured the families of celebrities including Gary Busey, Tracey Gold, Carnie Wilson, Flavor Flav and Dee Snider.

Kate and her kids first came to television fame in 2006 on the special "Surviving Sextuplets and Twins." The show was so popular that TLC premiered a reality show about the family "Jon & Kate Plus 8" in 2007. The show continued until 2009 and became "Kate Plus 8" without Jon Gosselin's participation for another year. During its heyday the show drew huge ratings for TLC at its peak -- drawing 10 million viewers.

kathy.lauer@mcall.com

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