No Person or Occupation is Too Unusual for New Shows on TLC

What do an obese couple, a 7 year-old dwarf, a family of taxidermists, babies in a prison nursery and a crew of professional cleaners have in common?

They’re all featured in upcoming specials on TLC, the Discovery-owned cable channel that’s been making a name for itself with all kinds of specials and series about people who are out of the ordinary – from tiny tots who compete in beauty pageants (“Toddlers and Tiaras”) to Sarah Palin (“Sarah Palin’s Alaska”) and everything in-between (“The Little Couple,” “My Strange Addiction” and others).

TLC’s five new subjects will be seen in specials airing over the next few weeks, according to an announcement Friday from TLC. The announcement doesn’t specify this, but TLC uses these one- or two-episode special broadcasts as tests to see if these concepts have the legs to become regular series. The latest show to “graduate” from one-off special to series was the upcoming “Pawn Queens,” which started life as a special last fall and will now become a series this spring.

TLC’s five new speculative series are:

“Babies Behind Bars” (Feb. 24 and March 3 at 10/9c), about a “baby dorm” for babies born to moms locked up at Indiana Women’s Prison.

“Heavily After After” (March 6 at 10/9c), about an “over-sized” couple going about their lives.

“Tiniest Tween: Kenadie’s Story” (March 8 at 10/9c), about a 7 year-old “primordial dwarf” (33 inches tall and weighing in at just 17 pounds) who dreads the onset of Halloween because the costumes scare her, according to TLC.

“Taxidermy USA” (March 10 at 9/8c), about three families of taxidermists, who stuff, preserve and mount a wide variety of dead animals – from an African lion to a house cat, TLC says.

“Ultimate Cleaners” (March 20 at 10/9c), about a family involved in the very dirty business of cleaning some of the world’s worst messes, including crime scenes, crack houses and chemical spills.

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