Well, let's hope it is better than those little sporadic "specials" they've been showing. Those things are worse than watching paint dry.Originally Posted by mushybrain;4046580;
One of them devoted the entire hour to Kate making a notebook documenting household maintenance procedures, and featured the repair of a spigot to which Kate wished to attach a garden hose.
She did. I can't claim to agree with the choices she made.Originally Posted by MizDaisy;4036648;
When they tried to adopt, they were told to come back when they were both a little older and had been married a little longer.
Especially when she went back for a 2nd helping, already the mother of twins, she knew the chances of multiples with the treatments she'd chosen, she knew a reduction would not be a good fit with her beliefs, and she knew letting any of the sextuplets be adopted would not be a good fit with her desires.
So there they are, she a nurse, he a mouseho.
No matter who stays home to take care of the kids, or even if someone had offered free child care so they could both work, the choices she made had limited her options.
1) Raise 8 kids in poverty and live out her life in the same bleak and precarious check-to-check, 80-100 hour work week existence, as millions of other people.
2) Pimp the tots out to the highest bidder - um, I mean, "share her story with the people she trusts and feels will be able to tell it best."
Though few of us can honestly blame her for having little enthusiasm for Door Number One, almost all of us have a lot to say about her choosing the other option.
Either way, she would receive more than her share of criticism for her choice from people who thought she should have picked the other one.
In theory, she could have gone with a kind of "modified" version of Option Two, like 3 or 4 hour-long documentaries a year, with each featuring "a week in the life," negotiating just enough to get the family to Living Wage level, plus a practical dollop of discretionary income that could be put aside for the childrens' education.
This would have allowed the family to live most of their lives in camera-free privacy and enjoy a modest but housing and other basics-secure lifestyle, with some "wiggle room" for doing the occasional product endorsement or something around the same time as documentary week, to get a little more money for extras like toys, holiday gifts, or, when the kids were older, maybe a weekend at a nearby lake or mountain vacation spot once in a while.
But like so many theories that sound great on paper, that idea leaves out a few key wild cards, like public interest and the personalities of John and Kate themselves.
A high level of public interest means an opportunity for more revenue for the network, which means increasingly large sums offered to Kate for more on-camera life, which results in the hilarity we have all watched ensue.
When the adoption agency cited the couple's young age, and the newness of their marriage, they weren't just making stuff up.
The reason young people are advised to take their time before making big life decisions is that it is not unusual for us to be very different people at 35 or 40 than we were in our early 20s.
It is a cultural reality that the lives of women, especially, can be dramatically impacted by our youthful reproductive choices alone.
Even with the "editing factor" stripped away, it's easy to look at the Kate we see now and wonder:
If a fairy god-being waved a magic wand and erased the previous decade, would the choices made by the 30-something Kate include raising 8 children?
We're used to seeing "celebrities" who have dedicated their lives to pursuing some form of the performing arts, typically for years before we know their names.
By the time they get that big break, they've usually acquired at least some degree of poise and polish, gotten some experience and instruction in public personaology, and learned how to effect at least some measure of control over the way they are presented in the press.
In recent years, the rapid and immense popularity of reality shows have changed that.
Today, though creation of a reality TV persona is evolving into a bona fide talent and genre in its own right, we still have a lot of new celebrities who don't really have a "talent" as such, they - or some aspect of their lives - just makes good TV.
It's hard to think of a better illustration of this than Kate Gosselin. Not only is she entirely without innate gifts in any aspect of the performing arts, she has neither stage presence, nor charisma. She is neither particularly witty nor eloquent, nor is she possessed of great beauty of face or form.
She is just an ordinary woman whose life involves some extraordinary circumstances.
Even her most virulent critics cannot help but have felt for her at least a little bit during her brief stint on Dancing with the Stars.
Every other contestant was in some way, a celebrity, with at least some experience, either inherent or learned, in being a "public person."
All Kate had was experience being on a reality show, directing a camera crew away from the wet floors.
She could not distract us from her lack of dancing chops with dramatic flair and comedic brilliance like Niecy Nash, she had not been to "dealing with the media" classes like the professional athletes or the ancient astronaut, who also enjoyed the advantage of decades worth of public adoration simply for his participation in heavily televised space exploration events.
At the time when blinding spotlights of public exposure were at their most intense, she was also in the process of dissolving her marriage to Jon, whom she had married before he had dissolved his relationship with puberty, and by 27, he found himself the father of 8 and married to a woman who had grown up to not like him very much.
Jon is the personification of the man who marries in haste as a boy, and when he realizes he never really had much of one, commences to have himself one hell of a hell of a wild and crazy Youth Experience with even more haste, huffing and puffing in a losing race against the inexorable ticking of receding-hairline-and-expanding-midsection clock.
That he has become a global joke and an embarrassment to humanity doesn't even make it to his radar.
Dazed and dazzled by fame, crazed by the ever-growing heaps of cash being dumped at their feet, we could not get them off our radar. Their images were everywhere we looked. Their names were in the mouths of six year olds and their great-grandmothers.
Think of all the huge "A-list" stars we don't see, or rarely see, on TMZ.
It's pretty much public knowledge where TMZ and ilk station their operatives.
If you want to, you can shop at places that are not on Robertson, eat sushi at restaurants that are not Katsuya, and with a little effort, even avoid LAX at least most of the time.
It is also possible, especially if you're an actor, to make yourself unrecognizable to even your own family members - or the wiliest papparazzum, and walk right past solid battalions of camera-wielding special forces and into and out of any establishment or event you wish to attend.
While the latter so does not apply to Jon or Kate it seems apparent that their overabundance of media presence has been as much a reflection of their wishes as of their ignorance.
If TMZ viewers know just from watching the show which locations the papparazzi have staked out, it's hard to imagine that anyone who really didn't know, and who sincerely did not wish to be featured practically every night on "entertainment news" shows would not request and receive this information from anybody from the makeup person to the sound dude, not to mention the DWTS cast or the people on the Ed Hardy Party Boat.
The situation became so extreme that it was TLC itself, of all entities, who actually went to court to make Jon stop talking to reporters, and it is reasonable to assume that the decrease in Kate's ceaseless confessions and comments to the press has occurred as a result of an increase in network "handling" of the star of the upcoming new series.