After promoting their upcoming reality show "United Bates of America" on "Good Morning America" this week, the Bates family of Lake City — consisting of 21 members — got a little ribbing from the next guest, comic Chris Rock.
Of the fact Gil and Kelly Bates have 19 kids together, Rock quipped, "If I had 19 kids, it'd be with eight or nine women."
And of the fact he'd even have 19 kids, Rock added, "I would enjoy (making) my 19 kids. I'm going to have fun having 19 kids. I'm going NBA-style (by making) 19 kids."
The Bateses were in New York City for the first time, doing interviews about their reality series, which premieres 9 p.m. Monday on TLC.
"Nightline" also featured the family in a segment that aired Thursday night.
Of the revelations from the "Good Morning America" interview: the Bates children have never heard of Justin Beiber or Kim Kardashian. They do, however, know who Tim Tebow is.
The reality show starring the Bates family, who were first seen in episodes of TLC's other large family reality show "19 Kids and Counting," documents their everyday life, trying to manage a "mega-family" household. The highly conservative family doesn't own a television.
Production of their series took place during the spring at their home. Camera crews documented the birth of their youngest, born in February of this year.
n 'Horror' tale. The next season of "American Horror Story" will be subtitled "Asylum."
"American Horror Story: Asylum" started production recently for season two and will be set in 1964, says executive producer Ryan Murphy, a former reporter for the News Sentinel.
The series will star Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell and Joseph Fiennes.
"When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn't want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive," Murphy is quoted as saying in a release.
"Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we're calling the new installment.
"We picked 'Asylum' because it not only describes the setting — an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward — but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted.
"This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors."
The first installment of "American Horror Story" earned 17 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, tying for the most of any program this year and setting a record for the most Emmy nominations for a miniseries in basic cable history.
Murphy got his start as a columnist for the News Sentinel while he was in college. He went on to work for Entertainment Weekly and other publications before creating such series as "nip/tuck" and "Glee."
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