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'Kate Plus 8' returns to TLC with new episodes

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Kate Gosselin, along with her eight children, are returning to TLC for new episodes of "Kate Plus 8," according to Web Pro News on Tuesday.

TLC has reportedly ordered new episodes of the reality television series "Kate Plus 8" after a 60-minute "Kate Plus 8" reunion special aired this summer and averaged more than 2 million viewers.

After only two seasons of "Kate Plus 8," TLC canceled the series three years ago. Since the June special was a success, TLC has requested additional hours from 39-year-old Kate Gosselin, 10-year-old sextuplets and 13-year-old twins, Mady and Cara.

According to Hollywood Reporter, it's not clear how many hours the network plans to air, but "they will be released over multiple specials set for a December premiere."

"Jon & Kate Plus 8" fans will be thrilled to learn that "Kate Plus 8" will once again be airing on TLC. "Jon & Kate Plus 8" aired for four seasons and was one of TLC's highest-rated programs. The fifth season premiere topped nearly 10 million viewers.

When Jon and Kate Gosselin divorced in 2009, TLC continued the series as just "Kate Plus 8" for the sixth and seventh series. At the time, Kate Gosselin was receiving a lot of bad press due her controlling behavior and harsh parenting, which may have led to the downfall of "Kate Plus 8."

Apparently, the new episodes to air in December will follow the Gosselin children as they prepare for an upcoming school year with twins Mady and Cara in the eighth grade and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel in the fourth grade.

TLC will also reportedly follow the brood on a recent family vacation where they visit Boston and other parts of New England. Contrary to what Jon Gosselin has said, Kate Gosselin continues to claim that her children love filming their daily lives for TV.

A book published by Robert Hoffman in June titled "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World-The Rise and Fall of a Reality TV Queen" portrays Kate Gosselin as everything from a child abuser to a spy, but Kate as assured viewers that the new episodes of "Kate Plus 8" will show her more vulnerable side.