New York - Now in its fifth season, the reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" has been sinking in the ratings at a dramatic pace, despite the zoom in Hollywood sleaze gossip pouring out about Kate's unfaithfulness and the two divorcing. One wonders if the 8 kids will become the property of the prop room if TLC cuts the show before the season ends.
Frankly, I'd rather watch videos of Britney Spears - over and over again - than sit through one boring episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8". I can't stand either one of them, let alone the squirming swarm of eight kids they supposedly draw so many adoring fans to watch every week. Week upon, week, over and over again.
The Hollywood gossip train, running full speed ahead can't possibility do anything that would pick up the ratings of the once popular TLC program. Yet the lure of Jon and Kate possibly breaking up (say it ain't so!) did turn up the TV audience levels but every episode since this season's debut has fallen by 50 percent.
If the "Jon & Kate Plus 8" ratings don't pick up soon, the popularity of the reality show (I gag writing that) will be so low, watching paint dry might actually produce more eyeballs.
Sasha Pasulka, head writer and founder of celebrity entertainment website Evil Beet Gossip (here's your fame shot Sasha) says, "The show last night was heart-breaking. The storyline revolved around the children getting play houses from a company called Kids Crooked House. The play houses are literally crooked, as though they're on the brink of collapse. I can't imagine the producers at the show didn't recognize -- or intentionally involve -- the symbolism. It was difficult to watch these children delight in their new toys as their parents take turns interviewing to the camera about the demise of their marriage. It was distasteful that the majority of the show -- hyped for a week now -- was primarily a commercial for a toy company. The whole thing didn't sit well at all with me, and I'd imagine audiences feel the same."
So much for good old capitalism. What Pasulka should have done is call up the makers of those play houses and put it to them straight - did you garner any sales from your crap being featured on "Jon & Kate Plus 8" last night? Most likely, if you reached the Prez of that company you'd hear grumbling about how much they paid for that compared to the level of sales that came from the reality show featuring their product.
Before you can say, "why didn't YOU call up the doll house company", in my defense I have to say SP is the one who's following Jon & Kate Plus 8" NOT ME!!
Now if the kids on "Jon & Kate Plus 8" had a string cheese (canned of course) contest to see who could blow it the furthest I might tune in, or at least hope some bathrobe clad middle-aged guy still living in his parents basement would have cut a quick video for Youtube.com so I would only have to watch the cheese chucking portion of that wholesome family entertainment then I'd be there. But I might have to toss down a few scotch on the rocks first and be goaded by a squad of 'we dare ya' buddies who'd join me.
But at this rate, the "C" in TLC appears to be CRAP and so are "Jon & Kate Plus 8" chances of surviving the entire season. Perhaps reruns of Happy Days can be run in its timeslot, surely the Fonz would draw more viewers. HEYYYY!