June 23rd, 2009
06:21 PM ET

Production halts on 'Jon and Kate'

TLC is temporarily shutting down production on Jon and Kate plus Eight in order to let the family have some time to deal with their current situation.  A spokesman for TLC told Showbiz Tonight:

“TLC continues to support the Gosselin family and will work closely with them to determine the best way to continue to tell their story as they navigate through this difficult time. Following a retrospective of Jon and Kate's first 10 years airing on June 29th, the show will be on hiatus until August 3rd. During this time the family will take some time off to regroup and then a modified schedule will be in place to support the family's transition.”

Is this too little too late? Should TLC have pulled the plug on the show sooner? What do you think?

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for all of the latest breaking developments in the Jon and Kate saga- don’t miss it!

June 23rd, 2009
11:30 AM ET

With 'Jon & Kate' can the show go on?

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


Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
11:09 PM ET

New drama for Jon and Kate?

Just when it seemed we were finally getting answers in the Jon and Kate saga, there's more. Right after their special “announcement” episode aired, Kate and Jon released individual statements implying there's much more to the story!

Kate Gosselin released the following statement to Showbiz Tonight:

"Over the course of this weekend, Jon's activities have left me no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect myself and our children.  While there are reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for me to initiate this proceeding, I do not wish to discuss those reasons at this time, in the hope that all issues will be resolved amicably between Jon and myself. As always, my first priority remains our children."

Jon released his own statement as well:

"Yesterday, Kate filed for divorce. Our kids are still my number one priority. I love them and want to make sure they stay happy, healthy and safe. My job is being the best, most supportive and loving father that I can be to my kids, and not being married to Kate doesn’t change that. This will be a difficult transition for all of us, but Kate and I will work out a schedule that enables our kids to have plenty of quality time with both of us at home in Pennsylvania. In terms of my marriage, it’s no secret that the past six months or so have been very difficult for Kate and me. We are no different than other couples and parents who are facing a crossroads in their marriage. I am of course deeply saddened that we are divorcing."

June 22nd, 2009
10:19 PM ET

What did you think of 'Jon & Kate?'

Now that we know that the couple is separating, do you think we - the public - were entitled to know?

Jon pointed out that the pair are tabloid fodder - stalked constantly, he says, by paparazzi.

"It's shame that our society has come to that," he said. "We have soldiers over in Iraq dying for our country and all these people care about is like what I eat for lunch."

Do you agree with him? Is it anyone's business what goes on in a reality show couple's relationship, even if they did sign up for television? And do you think the show should continue after all this?

Post your comments below and be sure to watch A.J. Hammer as he brings you up to date on the "Jon & Kate" saga on “Showbiz Tonight” 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

June 22nd, 2009
10:09 PM ET

'Jon & Kate' sit together

How poignant, to end things on Mother's Day.

Watching Jon and Kate get the kids in and out of the restaurant is bittersweet, as is seeing them sit together at a fine dining restaurant. Is Kate being overly optimistic in thinking that they can pull together even as they are being pulled apart?

They both seem to value trying to communicate better with each other for the sake of the kids. They are bonded for life, regardless of whether they are married or not. I, for one, hope it doesn't get ugly.

I also hope the family is able to find peace - as Kate says she so desperately wants.

The kids deserve that much.


Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
09:56 PM ET

The end arrives

Jon and Kate finally announce that they have decided to separate.

Not a shocker. I am surprised that they are going to flip-flop the house based on who has the kids. Will that work?

The flashback scenes of the earlier shows make it all the sadder. There just seemed to be such hope and joy in those first shows. The whole family seemed like a great team back then.

Interesting that Kate zeroes in on how the show enabled them to document the lives of their kids, because it's also documenting the demise of their marriage. Those aren't any home movies I would want to have.

And they are still going to do the show? Seriously? That just seems crazy to me. It's "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

Jon owns up to not being a great communicator and he's candid in saying that he's excited for what's coming. Kate seems crushed.

The show confirms that today divorce papers were filed to dissolve the Gosselins 10-year marriage.


Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
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