Jon & Kate Plus 8

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Jon & Kate Plus 8
Kate plus 8 logo.svg
Also known as Kate Plus 8 (seasons 6 & 7)
Format Reality television
Starring The Gosselin family
Composer(s)
  • David Imhof
  • Scott Pearson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 148 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Hayes
Producer(s) Jennifer Stocks
Editor(s)
  • Joshua Steadman
  • Keith Shea
  • Stacie Schwarz
Location(s) Pennsylvania, United States
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Figure 8 Films
  • Advanced Medical Productions
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run April 10, 2007 (2007-04-10) – September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12)
External links
Website

Jon & Kate Plus 8, renamed Kate Plus 8 for the sixth and seventh seasons, is an American reality television series which aired from April 4, 2007 until September 12, 2011. After the success of two one-hour specials, Surviving Sextuplets and Twins and Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later, the series aired on the Discovery Health Channel for the first two seasons before being moved to TLC. It follows the daily lives and challenges of the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children: fraternal twins (two girls) and sextuplets (three boys and three girls).

During its run, the series was one of the network's highest-rated programs,[1] with the fifth season premiere seen by a record 9.8 million viewers, the most watched show of that evening including broadcast television, twice as many viewers as the show’s previous series high.[2]

After the Gosselins' divorce in 2009, the final episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 aired on November 23, 2009, announced by TLC three days earlier.[3][4] The series was later renamed Kate Plus 8 on June 6, 2010,[5] focusing on Kate as a divorced mother raising the children, with Jon appearing less frequently.[6] However, filming was later suspended due to Jon's lawyers delivering letters to TLC demanding that they cease and desist production and barred production crews from the couple's Pennsylvania property on October 1, 2009.[7][8][9] This led to putting the show's revamping on hold. TLC planned for "a series of specials" if the series did not go into production.[9]

The second season of Kate Plus 8 premiered on April 4, 2011, though on August 15, TLC announced that the series would be cancelled after it reached 150 episodes. The last episode aired on September 12, 2011.[10]

On March 19, 2014, it was announced that Kate and her eight would return in a reunion special, scheduled to air in June.[11]

Family[edit]

Parents

Twins - (2000-10-08) October 8, 2000 (age 13)

  • Cara Nicole
  • Madelyn "Mady" Kate

Sextuplets - (2004-05-10) May 10, 2004 (age 9)

  • Alexis Faith
  • Hannah Joy
  • Aaden Jonathan
  • Collin Thomas
  • Leah Hope
  • Joel Kevin

Production[edit]

The Gosselin family on the cover of KoreAm in May 2008

Between the specials and the series, permanent light fixtures were installed in the Gosselins' second home to make filming easier and prevent the kids from tripping over the wires and cables from temporary lighting. Jon & Kate Plus 8 filmed three days per week, with one day used for interview sessions where Jon, Kate and occasionally the children, discussed events occurring in each episode. In the family's first house, the "interview corner" was located in the basement, and was transformed from the playroom when needed. It was painted green, unlike the rest of the playroom. In their new house, the interview set was reproduced in an unfinished area of the basement. At season four's finale, Jon and Kate said they would make a new set for season five.

Criticisms were raised regarding Kate's intentions of continuing with the show, as well as whether or not the children were being exploited or were under emotional distress.[12] According to lawyer Gloria Allred, "Every state does regulate to protect the health, the safety and welfare of little child performers [...] And these little ones are only eight years old and five years old, they can’t protect themselves, so the state has to be sure that they are safe in their workplace."[12] In the case of the show, the children's workplace is their home. At this point there are no clear laws in Pennsylvania (where the Gosselins reside) regarding a child's appearance on a reality show.[13] However, Pennsylvania law permits kids who are at least seven years old to work in the entertainment industry, as long as certain guidelines are followed and a permit is obtained. For example, children may not work after 11:30 p.m. under most circumstances, or perform in any location that serves alcohol.[13]

Kate says that the children were happy and healthy and were never in any danger from doing the show. Jon stated they were "in talks" regarding ensuring the children's happiness,[12] and that there is no truth to any reports that the children have been hurt by the series.[14] TLC released a statement saying that the network "fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations" to produce the show. The statement also said that "for an extended period of time, we have been engaged in cooperative discussions and supplied all requested information to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry".[13]

An investigation by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Labor Law Compliance found that "The activity being filmed was spontaneous. However, children introduced episodes of the television show and transitions. DVDs and other merchandise were sold involving the children's appearance. Lighting was placed in the home for the show and there was product placement in some episodes."[15] Because of these reasons, the children were considered to be working on the show, and the show was required to obtain work permits for the children, which it did not do.[15] An agreement was reached that no charges would be filed immediately as long as no further violations would occur.[15]

Multimedia[edit]

Books[edit]

The Gosselins were managed by Media Motion International in Los Angeles.[16]

Kate Gosselin has written four books: Multiple Blessings (co-authored with Beth Carson and Jon), which was released November 1, 2008, Eight Little Faces in April 2009, I Just Want You to Know on April 13, 2010 and Love is in the Mix a cookbook, on September 13, 2013.

DVDs[edit]

Title Region 1 Region 2 Discs
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Seasons 1 & 2 September 9, 2008 2008[citation needed] 2
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Season 3 February 3, 2009 2009[citation needed] 4
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Season 4, Volume 1 - The Wedding May 5, 2009 2010 3
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Season 4, Volume 2 - The Big Move July 21, 2009 2010 2
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Season 5 - Big Changes January 12, 2010 2010 2

Online releases[edit]

Episodes of the series are available for download from the iTunes Store, Amazon Instant Video, and Microsoft Zune Marketplace, as well as for viewing on Netflix.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rice, Lynette. "Jon & Kate Plus 8 season finale scores series-best ratings". hollywoodinsider.ew.com. Retrieved 2008-03-26. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Jon & Kate Plus 8 Premiere Hits Record". tvbythenumbers.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ "What to expect on the Jon and Kate Plus 8 Series Finale". Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Series finale for Jon and Kate Plus 8 set to air on Nov. 23 on TLC". Daily News (New York). 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ "TLC GOES "KATE PLUS 8" ON JUNE 6". TheFutonCritic.com. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  6. ^ "TLC Introduces Kate Plus Eight". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  7. ^ "TLC Responds to Jon Gosselin". tlc.discovery.com. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Jon Gosselin Trying to Kill "Kate Plus 8"?". CBS News. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  9. ^ a b "TLC halts production on 'Jon and Kate Plus 8'". EW.com. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Kate Gosselin and Her Children to Appear on New TLC Special". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c ""Jon And Kate" 8 Being Exploited?". cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b c "Pa. labor officials probing Jon & Kate complaint". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2009-05-29. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Report: Jon Gosselin says his 8 kids are happy". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  15. ^ a b c Duke, Alan (April 14, 2010). "State: 'Jon & Kate' broke child labor law, but no charges". CNN. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Welcome to Media Motion International". mediamotionintl.com. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 

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