TLC cancels Kate Plus Eight, but threatens to bring Kate and the kids back sometimes

TLC has cancelled Kate Plus Eight, the follow-up to Jon & Kate Plus Eight, the series that killed a marriage and became a sensation that consumed the media and exposed the network’s disturbing control over the family. TLC dumped Jon in September of 2009, and has aired periodic episodes since the summer of 2010, bringing the total of episodes following the family to 150 when it concludes.

However, TLC threatened us, saying it may still air more of Kate and the clan’s adventures: “TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future,” its statement said.

On Twitter, Kate called the show “a great run” and thanked TLC and “diehard fans,” and said the kids cried when they learned the news. Those kids have an intense attachment to the camera crews, probably because that’s all they’ve known, but it’ll be good for them to live outside the public eye, at least until their parents or the network figure out a new way to exploit them.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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