Losing one's virginity is a big life decision. It seemed like one of those seminal life moments that's interesting to follow for TLC, TLC's west coast vice president of production Timothy Kuryak said.
Yes, this is real. The same network who followed the family with the ever-growing number of children will now follow virgins with their new reality series The Virgin Diaries.
The Virgin Diaries will chronicle the lives of 20-to-30-year-old virgins and has roused controversy amongst critics, who claim the personal lives of the stars of the show are being exploited for profit.
Kuryak's remarks to ABC News indicate TLC begs to differ, as the network believes it is a celebration of virginity, rather than exploitation.
We're not trying to make light of this or treat it in a sort of trivial way. We want to document these peoples' stories and why they make this decision, Kuryak told ABC.
A lot of stories about later in life virgins talk about it like a problem. We want to show that this is something that can be celebrated.
The trailer for the show certainly looks like a celebration, as two members of the cast, 27-year-old Shanna and 31-year-old Ryan, engage in possibly the world's most awkward kiss ever on their wedding day.
One member of the cast actually isn't even a virgin, but rather reclaimed her virginity.
I actually feel like such a different person than I was even from the last time that I did have sex with someone, so I almost feel like it will be like I never had sex before, cast member Tamara said.
Her roommate Lisa, has only kissed one person in her life time.
Carey, a 35-year-old bachelor, gives the show a Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin appeal, when he claims he is not a virgin entirely by choice.
The Virgin Diaries will premiere on TLC on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC. If the first season does well, TLC will keep it continuing, Kuryak said.
We love the special as it is right now, and if it does well, there could be more to come.