What’s The Point?: A New Jon and Kate season emerges from a media firestorm

May 22, 2009 by  
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jonkateHas Kate been cheating on Jon? Has Jon been cheating on Kate? Has the show itself been a farce in many ways, a TV manufactured ‘product’? These are questions viewers (and TLC) will have to tackle as the next season starts.

A new 40-episode Jon & Kate Plus 8 season will be launching next week, and it starts amid lots of media reports of infidelity, off-camera mischief and other allegations.

Two months ago, more than 4.5 million viewers tuned in to the fourth-season finale. Now, it will probably be more watched than ever, but TLC is feeling the heat of balancing the new reality of its show versus the family friendly tone embraced by the suits at the network.

What will happen this season? Will the couple even hold up past the mid-season point in real life? If the couple separates or divorces, will TLC have a bunch of worthless shows in the can?

We shall see.