TLC offers up a three-episode run of Kate Plus 8, about Kate Gosselin, her twins and her sextuplets, starting July 10. The network is interested in future limited runs of Kate Plus 8, said Wendy Douglas, vice president of production at TLC, but there’s “nothing formal to announce.”
“There’s always an interest,” said Douglas. “But there’s a lot to take into account.”
That includes the increasingly busy schedules of the Gosselin clan. Kate’s ex-husband Jon, the children’s father, does not appear in the new trio of episodes. But Kate is “part of the TLC family,” said Douglas, “and I hope she continues to be.”
Kate Plus 8 is produced by Figure 8 Films for TLC. The series, originally Jon & Kate Plus 8, was canceled in 2011, but TLC left open the possibility of specials.
The three new episodes include one about Halloween that sees Kate and the kids turn their barn into a haunted house. “It’s probably the most stressed that we see her,” Douglas said.
The second episode involves skiing. “She’s terrified that someone will get injured,” said Douglas.
Episode three sees the sextuplets turn 13. “Viewers have grown up with the sextuplets and the twins,” said Douglas. “They want to see the kids grow up.”
As the kids get older, they clash more with Mom. Douglas mentions the mini season’s “8 against Kate” vibe.
She hopes there will be more Kate Plus 8. “We’ve followed the family for 11 years and we love them,” said Douglas. “We are very invested in this family.”
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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