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Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards is going from jail to reality television. Cable network A&E announced plans to air a 12-episode series on Edwards and his much-younger wife starting next month.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Edwards, 85, and his 34-year-old wife Trina, will star in The Governor’s Wife, along with his children from previous marriages. Anna, 62, Victoria, 60 and Trina’s sons Logan, 15, and Trevor, 13, will appear.
Edwards served as Louisiana’s governor for four terms over three decades, but he also served a prison sentence after being convicted in 2001 for crimes while in office. During his time in prison, he and Trina became pen pals and they wed after he was released last year.
A&E says that the show will center on Trina’s attempts to adjust to Edwards’ upscale life and getting better acquainted with stepdaughters twice her age. “Between school projects, running for president of the Homeowner’s Association, fending off skeptics who think she’s a gold digger, and thoughts of adding a baby of their own to the mix, the Edwards clan truly represent a new take on the modern family,” the show’s official description reads.
EW notes that Edwards talked about starring in a reality series last year.
Deadline reports that the series will be produced by Leftfield Productions (Pawn Stars) and SS Entertainment. The first episode will air on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.
This is just the latest Louisiana-based reality show. The state has proved to be bountiful with reality show plots that have been featured in Swamp People, Cajun Pawn Stars, Duck Dynasty, and others.