We hope all our readers are enjoying their weekend. If you celebrate Easter, we hope the day is a joyful one for you and yours.
We thought we would do something a bit different with this post and take the opportunity to turn the clock back a year – to April 2010. Do you remember what we were talking about on Gosselin Chatter? Here are some of the most popular posts:
–Dancing with the Stars. Duh! We spent most of the month discussing Kate’s dancing (not good) and her fan support (very good). Many of us spent Monday night voting multiple times for Kate and her family expressed appreciation for our efforts.
-Jon Gosselin returned to Pennsylvania on a more permanent basis (good) and sued Kate for custody of the children (not good). His rationale was that Kate was spending too much time in Los Angeles working on Dancing with the Stars. Others like the Admin at the 15 Minutes blog agreed and kept a calendar of all of Kate’s movements to track how many days she was away from her children WORKING. Jon’s lawsuit went nowhere and last time I checked Admin’s calendar was replaced by a counter tracking the minutes until Mady and Cara turn 18.
-TLC announced a new series starring Kate – “Twist of Kate.” So far, no news on this show. Kate indicates that they are still working hard on the show and it’s coming. We will have to stay tuned.
-The Thomas Murt Gloria Allred/Aunt Jodi child labor law hearing took place. Word is the new legislation, bill 2515, will come up for a vote in the next several weeks. The delay is understandable when you consider that PA (like just about every other state) is faced with some pretty weighty budget issues that are likely taking priority. If and when additional protections are passed to safeguard children participating in reality TV, I don’t think any IW moderators or readers will have any objections.
Fast forward to April 2011. Kate is on Twitter! Didn’t see that one coming. She seems to be enjoying herself and has been gracious with fans. Kate Plus 8 returned with three episodes chronicling the family’s trip to Australia and New Zealand. Many seemed to enjoy the first two episodes. Opinion was a bit more mixed on the last one. And the ratings have not been, um, great. This is not particularly surprising. Reality TV shows that last beyond 4-5 years typically have a revolving cast of characters (ala Survivor). It may be the show is on its way out. If that is the case, so be it. The Child Advocates (blech!) have had zero impact. I won’t count Kate out just yet though…
According to Kate’s Twitter, the Gosselin kids are spending the weekend with their dad, but Kate is making them Easter baskets for when they return on Sunday. I continue to believe the Gosselin kids are loved and treasured very much by both parents. Here’s hoping a very happy Easter for all of them.