Former Louisiana governor goes from prison to reality show -- EXCLUSIVE

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A colorful four-term Louisiana governor has landed a docu-series on A&E.

The Governor’s Wife will star 85-year-old Edwin Edwards and his 34-year-old wife, Trina, along with several of their children from previous marriages. Edwards served four times as Louisiana’s governor over the course of three decades, and also served eight years in federal prison for crimes committed while he was in office. In 2001, Edwards was convicted on bribery and extortion charges. He became pen pals with Trina during his prison stint and they married after his release last year.

The show will focus on Edwin and Trina’s May-December relationship and follow Edwin’s daughters (Anna, a 62-year-old, four-time divorcée and Victoria, a 60-year-old ex-showgirl) along Trina’s sons (Logan, 15 and Trevor, 13).

Some official description: “The series follows Trina as she attempts to fit into the former governor’s upscale world and busy social life while trying to get along with daughters twice her age and corral her teenage sons. 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.”

When Edwards first leaked the news he was shopping the reality show last year, executive producer Shaun Sanghani told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Edwards is “one of the most animated political leaders of the last century” and noted that producers “hope to capture that same charisma and charm in his personal life as he re-enters society after a lengthy prison sentence.”

The Governor’s Wife will become the latest Louisiana-set reality show. The state has been a hotbed of reality filming in recent years, led by A&E’s own ratings phenomenon Duck Dynasty. There’s also History’s Swamp People and Cajun Pawn Stars; Discovery’s Sons of Guns; Spike’s Rat Bastards; CMT’s Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation, among others.

The Governor’s Wife premieres Wednesday, February 27 at 10 p.m.

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