TLC Orders ‘Mall Cops’ Series

Expands on special set at Minnesota’s Mall of America.

If you liked "Paul Blart, Mall Cop," TLC has a show for you.

The cable network said Friday that it has started production on 12 half-hour episodes of new series "Mall Cops: Mall of America."

TLC aired a one-hour special of the same name earlier in the fall. It averaged 1.2 million viewers among persons 2+ and an average household rating of 1.0. That ratings success led to the series pickup, TLC said in a statement.

Produced by September Films, the series shares the story of the men and women who work the security team at Bloomington, Minn.’s Mall of America, which receives more than 40 million visitors a year.

Mall of America, at 4.2 million square feet, is the largest mall in the U.S. It has more than 500 stores, a 7-acre indoor theme park, a 1.2 million-gallon aquarium, a secondary school, a wedding chapel and major celebrity events.

Executive producers are Peter Davey and Sheldon Lazarus.