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'Jon & Kate': Separate chairs, separate pieces

TLC president Eileen O'Neill's worried enough about "Jon & Kate Plus 8" questions interfering with sessions she's doing -- including, one, a wedding show called "Masters of Reception," produced by Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos -- so she reads a short statement about her channel's high-rated train wreck.

'Jon & Kate': Separate chairs, separate pieces

TLC president Eileen O'Neill's worried enough about "Jon & Kate Plus 8" questions interfering with sessions she's doing -- including, one, a wedding show called "Masters of Reception," produced by Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos -- so she reads a short statement about her channel's high-rated train wreck.

Here's some of what you can expect when the show returns to original episodes on Monday:

-- The couch is gone," replaced by "separate interview chairs" for Pennsylvania's Jon and Kate Gosselin, who filed for divorce several weeks ago.

-- "You'll be seeing them separately parenting," says O'Neill.

-- Kate's going to pitch a tent for the kids, presumably without adult assistance.

-- Jon's going to be "struggling in the kitchen" to prepare pizza.

        "This is real life," said O'Neill, whose idea of real life -- an existence that takes place largely on camera, no matter how ugly things get -- might be different from yours or mine.

         As for Ripa's show, she calls it -- via satellite -- "a love note to New Jersey."

         Though she and Consuelos eloped, the show focuses on a family catering business in Mountain Lakes, N.J., that specializes in weddings.

 

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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