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Pete Rose Gets His Own Reality Show, Promises It Won't Be "Classless"

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For anyone who doesn't actually remember seeing Pete Rose play or what his star was like before he completely threw it away by gambling on baseball, all they're going to remember of him was that he was some guy who autographed baseballs with weird inscriptions, got caught using a corked bat 25 years after the fact, and tried to stay relevant by saying really weird shit about Joe DiMaggio.


Well, we can now add "was a mind-numbingly odd reality TV star" to the list, as TLC has signed Rose to star in a new series, which is being referred to, for the moment, as Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project:

... the show will follow the 71-year-old Rose and his thirtysomething model fiancée Kiana Kim (who has posed for Playboy) through their daily lives as they try to blend their families. There are some challenges along the way. A few family members are apprehensive about the relationship. And while Rose is based in Las Vegas (where he signs baseball memorabilia) or is on the road making public appearances, Kim and her two children live in Los Angeles. "She's got younger kids and I've got [four adult] kids, and we go through the same things everybody else does: taking the braces off, making sure they get their education and they go to basketball practice or acting class," Rose tells EW, adding: "It's not going to be classless - like it seems like a lot of reality shows aren't really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining, and real."

The cameras will trail them through such events as Rose taking the family to visit the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, to Kim getting a breast reduction. "We're not a traditional family," says Kim. "We are a total modern-day family, mixing the cultures, the ages, the different backgrounds together. I didn't even know who Pete Rose was when I first met him. It's kind of a crazy story, but at the core of every family is love and it's what TLC wants to show." Quips Rose: "We're just a normal family with 4,200 hits."

Yup, other than that, perfectly normal. Consider our DVRs set.