TLC is combining two of their winning formulas — big families and little people — for their newest reality show venture 7 Little Johnstons starring Georgia’s Trent and Amber Johnston as well as their five children (three adopted), all of which have Achondroplasia dwarfism.
The Johnstons are no stranger to television, having appeared in a TLC special in January and as part of an OWN series also called 7 Little Johnstons in 2013. Here is a video clip intro to the couple from their stint on the OWN network:
And the show trailer for the OWN show in which Amber Johnston reveals she and husband Trent are sometimes called the Brad and Angelina of little people because they have adopted three children from different countries:
“The 10-episode season will follow the Johnston family, the world’s largest known family of Achondroplasia dwarfs, as they prove that size only matters in the amount of love a family can provide,” says the TLC press release earlier today.
More on what viewers of the TLC series can expect:
The upcoming season of 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS has the family dealing with first-time dating rules, a disastrous attempt at discussing the “birds and the bees,” nail-biting soccer team tryouts, and vacation-changing illnesses. In addition, parents Trent and Amber try to find a balance between maintaining the spark in their marriage and raising 5 children, all amidst a massive home renovation.
And here’s the scoop on the entire Johnston family!
Trent Johnston, 38, is the family patriarch and the grounds supervisor at a local college. Trent is also a handyman who takes pride in renovating the Johnston family home, and can build or fix just about anything.
Amber Johnston, 35, is a stay-at-home mother who prides herself on teaching her children how to adapt to their world rather than modify it to fit their needs. The glue of the family, Amber works hard to make sure her family is happy and healthy every day. Amber and Trent have been married for 16 years.
Trent and Amber Johnston wedding photo:
Jonah Johnston, 15, is the eldest biological son of Trent and Amber. Part of the drum line in his high school band, Jonah performs complex routines during football games while being cheered on by his family and friends.
Anna Johnston, 14, was adopted by Trent and Amber from Siberia, Russia. Although she recently underwent spinal fusion surgery, Anna doesn’t let her healing interfere with hanging out with her friends.
Elizabeth Johnston, 13, is the social butterfly of the group. She is Trent and Amber’s second biological child, and she spends her days hanging out with her friends at football games and cheering on her family.
Alex Johnston, 9, was adopted into the Johnston family from Seoul, South Korea. A jokester with a never-ending sense of humor, Alex plays his part by keeping the Johnstons on their toes.
Emma Johnston, 9, is the youngest Johnston, adopted from China. Full of energy, she is the free spirit in the family.
The 7 Little Johnstons premieres Tuesday, March 31 at 10/9c on TLC.
With the announcement of 7 Little Johnstons, that will bring the total number of little people reality series currently (or soon to be) on television to seven by my count. Lifetime has expanded their Little Women: LA franchise to New York and also announced a spin-off just for show stars Terra Jolé and Joe Gnoffo. TLC has The Little Couple, Little People Big World and Our Little Family.