It looks like Kate Gosselin’s time on TLC isn’t totally up yet. The mom of eight and her supersized brood have signed on for another round of “Kate Plus 8” specials, according to a report on Monday from The Hollywood Reporter.
While the reality TV family’s “Kate Plus 8” spinoff was canceled three years ago by the network, this summer’s June update specials clearly impressed TLC execs. THR's announcement doesn’t specify how many more hours of Gosselin hijinks we can expect, but it has been confirmed that there will be several new installments of “Kate Plus 8” specials set to debut in December.
While the June specials focused on the septuplets 10th birthday (viewers got a behind-the-scenes look at the kids’ adorable carnival themed birthday bash), the December series will follow the clan on a vacation to Boston and other parts of New England. People revealed that viewers will also get a peek at the kids’ final days of summer before they head back to school in Pennsylvania. Cara and Mady Gosselin are set to enter eighth grade, while the septuplets – Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel – are about to start fourth grade.
The family’s original show, “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” pulled in a whopping 10 million viewers in its heyday in 2009, when Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their divorce. But once the show was canceled, Jon Gosselin said he didn’t want his kids on TV anymore.
In an interview with In Touch, the dad of eight accused his ex-wife of exploiting their kids, saying, “She uses them as her props.” He also said that he thought his kids had suffered long-term damage from all of the years of having camera crews following them around. “They shy away from cameras and I don’t think that is normal,” he said.
But Kate and the kids beg to differ. In an interview on “The View” earlier this year, 13-year-old Mady Gosselin said being followed by cameras as a kid was a fun family affair.
"It was the same crew all the time so they became like family,” she said. “And we still see a lot of them.” Twin sis Cara Gosselin even said she’d like to do another reality show.
Either way, fans of the franchise still appear to be eager to tune in to see how these kids are growing up. The June specials netted several million viewers each – and now there’s more to come.