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TLC Picks Up 'Mall Cops: Mall of America'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:34PM
Mall Cops: Mall of AmericaEver have the sensation that you'd like to go to the mall but just don't feel like getting up off that cozy couch?

TLC is making that possible with the announcement of their new series, 'Mall Cops: Mall of America,' Variety is reporting.

The show stems from a one-hour special of the same name that aired on Oct. 15, garnering 1.2 million viewers. The series promises to look at the men and women who work security at the Mall of America based in Bloomington, Minn., the largest mall in North America. 12 half-hour episodes have been ordered.

In a statement from TLC, the mall is said to be like a "mini-city," due to the 500 stores, theme park, wedding chapel, school and aquarium that exist within the mall's confines. Such a city needs lots of protection, apparently.Mall Cops: Mall of AmericaEver have the sensation that you'd like to go to the mall but just don't feel like getting up off that cozy couch?

TLC is making that possible with the announcement of their new series, 'Mall Cops: Mall of America,' Variety is reporting.

The show stems from a one-hour special of the same name that aired on Oct. 15, garnering 1.2 million viewers. The series promises to look at the men and women who work security at the Mall of America based in Bloomington, Minn., the largest mall in North America. 12 half-hour episodes have been ordered.

In a statement from TLC, the mall is said to be like a "mini-city," due to the 500 stores, theme park, wedding chapel, school and aquarium that exist within the mall's confines. Such a city needs lots of protection, apparently.

It's been a banner year for mall cops, with the Kevin James parody 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' and the Seth Rogen dark comedy, 'Observe and Report,' both breaking in the public's demand for mall cop-related entertainment choices.

TLC will presumably show the more serious side of the profession, following the day-to-day activities of mall cops as they battle punk teenagers, loiterers, mishaps at the Orange Julius, stolen piranhas at the aquarium, empty promises made by the mall Santa, stroller derbies and careful monitoring of the morning mall walkers.

Whether there's a big appetite for mall cop material on the small screen is yet to be seen, but if it doesn't work out, there's always other mundane professions that can be turned into something quite serious and dramatic. We suggest:

--Target Employee: Greatland'
-- 'Toll Booth Collector: The Jersey Turnpike'
-- 'Meter Maids'
-- 'Going Postal: the USPS Mail Facility in Winchester, Virginia'
-- 'Take it to the Bank: Tellers Tell All'

Tell us: Will you watch 'Mall Cops: Mall of America'?

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