Starting in November, the show will be relaunched as "Kate Plus Eight," TLC revealed Tuesday."Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family," TLC president Eileen O'Neill said in a statement. "The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate's journey really resonates with our viewers."
The network is also in development on a project with Kate for 2010.
"Kate Plus Eight" will continue to focus on the eight Gosselin children — 5 year-old sextuplets and 8 year-old twins — but now "include a deeper focus on Kate's role...and her journey as a single mother."Last week, only 1.7 million viewers tuned in to "Jon & Kate," nearly 80 percent down from the season premiere.
The statement also said that TLC would continue its "exclusive" relationship with Jon Gosselin and that he would continue to appear on the series but on a less regular basis. In June, after months of speculation, the Gosselin's confirmed on the show that they were divorcing. In response, TLC pulled new episodes of the series and waited until August to resume airing them.
During the hiatus, Jon was photographed squiring several different women and rumors began swirling that he was auditioning for other reality shows. "Kate Plus Eight" will premiere Nov. 2.
Jon Gosselin Slams the Brakes on His Divorce!?!: E! Online.com
It's not what you think. On second thought, it's exactly what you think: The Gosselin who found himself on the losing side of the public sympathy battle is taking a stab at some crafty legal (not to mention PR) maneuvering in a bid to save a little face and not get completely short-shrifted in his divorce.
Which, with Kate as our witness, will go through as planned.
While Jon Gosselin's rep confirmed to E! News that the octodad did in fact cop to In Touch Weekly that he "used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon" after his divorce—sorry, Hailey, that was his plural, not ours—and that he would "like to get back with Kate as a partner in parenting," that's about as far as his plans for reconciliation span.
And that's despite his submission to a court-approved Pennsylvania arbitrator this morning seeking to suspend his divorce proceedings for 90 days.
A source close to the situation told E! News the legal move, which—coupled with his oh-so-sincere tabloid quotes—may give the outward impression of a desire to reconcile, was "not an emotional or romantic decision."
Yeah, no kidding.
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