Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Name Jon and/or Kate’s New TV Show
I’ve never seen it, but The Learning Channel has a popular reality TV show called Jon & Kate Plus 8. It features the ups and downs of parenting the couple’s fraternal twins and sextuplets. Jon is apparently a full-time dad.
I’m not so out-of-the-loop that I didn’t see tabloid stories in the grocery store check-out aisle a few months ago about Jon being involved in an alleged extramarital affair. They denied the allegation, but now the confirmed news is that they are getting divorced.
Jon and Kate plan to keep filming the TV show in the same home, with each of them taking turns living there. Ohhh, sure, as if that’s going to last long. If they don’t put an end to the show, the viewers will.
This unfortunate matter made me ponder about the TV show’s poorly conceived title. Jon and Kate’s names are in the title, so they have to be in the show. What now?
Thankfully, the annuals of television history point to an answer. In 1986, Valerie Harper starred in a hit comedy called… Valerie. In the summer of 1987 she had a disagreement with the show’s producers and Valerie’s character soon died in a car accident. And thus the show was renamed The Hogan Family. They brought in Sandy Duncan as a motherly aunt figure and claimed an electrical fire burned the family home down — thus explaining why the family doesn’t display pictures of dearly departed mom. Damn, that’s cold.
So, anyhow, I was reading this news about Jon and Kate and began postulating aloud about what I would name a new TV show featuring the eight kids, but maybe not both parents.
My name: Eight is Enough (yeah, I know it’s taken)
My wife’s name: Kate is Enough
Damn, she’s good.
Do you have alternate names, or perspectives on the show? Tell me how much I’m missing as I live life uncabeled, clinging to my prized collection of Doctor Who DVDs.