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TLC Bets on Pete Rose Docuseries

TLC has ordered a new reality series starring Pete Rose, one of sports' most recognizable -- and controversial -- personalities.

The network has greenlit five episodes of Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project (working title), which will focus on the former baseball star's engagement to his fiancée Kiana Kim. The series is produced by Creature Films Inc. TLC has ordered five episodes to premiere in late fourth quarter.

After ending his career as Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader, Rose was banned from the sport in 1989 for gambling on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He eventually admitted he bet on ballgames in 2004.

"Pete is one of sport's most controversial characters, and his life is even more fascinating off the field as it was on," said Amy Winter, general manager of TLC in announcing the series pick-up. "This series will open the door into a very modern family dynamic of trying to blend families when your kids are no longer children, and when your private life is in the public spotlight."