June 23rd, 2009
11:30 AM ET
After announcing that they are splitting up, both Jon and Kate Gosselin said they will continue their reality series, “Jon & Kate Plus 8” - albeit separately.
But can such a show succeed?
The appeal of the series had been watching the couple grapple with the trials of raising twins and a set of multiples. Now, with the pair planning to film her with the kids and him with the kids, will interest dwindle?
On HLN's “Showbiz Tonight,” investigative journalist Pat Lalama told host A.J. Hammer after the announcement that she believed the show might actually benefit from the breakup. “Come on, A.J., we all know this guarantees seven more seasons,” she said. “We’ve got the custody battle. We’ve got Jon’s visitation on the weekends. We’ve got Kate’s first date and the kids meet the guy. We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on here.”
Sasha Pasulka, head writer and founder of the site Evil Beet Gossip, has been following the show and said it has taken a huge hit in the ratings since its premiere.
Pasulka predicts that decline will continue and theorizes the big announcement episode was a way to try and revive the ratings. "I expect the 'Jon & Kate' viewership will continue to plummet, and TLC will have to wait until Kate takes up with a much-younger lover to finagle another quick ratings boost," she said.
Variety reported that TLC has ordered 40 shows for the fifth season. That’s a great deal of air time to fill with parents who are going through a divorce and seem to be struggling with communicating.
Will you be watching?
–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer
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