Kate Plus 8 premieres

The Gosselins Are Back, Minus Jon

Kate Gosselin and the kids returned to TLC in the two-hour premiere of Kate Plus 8. Life for Kate Gosselin isn't as dramatic without Jon Gosselin, but Kate is looking fabulous on Kate Plus 8.

In the premiere episode of the revamped series, single mom Kate takes on life with the eight kids and no hubby.

Kate Plus 8

In the first hour of Kate Plus 8, that meant taking the brood to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, where the Gosselin clan celebrated the sextuplets' sixth birthday by swimming with dolphins.

That was just one of the three celebrations, by the way, and not everyone was happy about that. Young Mady, 9, couldn't believe all the hullabaloo over her younger sibs and gave Kate Gosselin trouble about why they got so much attention.

Before the big surprise vacation, there was another big surprise for the kids: the return of the camera crew, which elicited massive excitement among the clan.

"Everything is back to normal!" cried 6-year-old Aaden.

That's normal, eh? After years on TV, the Gosselin spawn are certainly a unique breed.

The second hour of the premiere went behind the scenes to cover Kate Gosselin's life as a public figure. With a limo breakdown over Dancing with the Stars and a hair extension beauty session, the show took pains to make a case for the "working" celebrity mom, who has met with much criticism.

Meanwhile, Kate Gosselin is looking fab. She's ditched the long extensions she had during DWTS for a shorter, but no less glam style, and is sporting a sexier wardrobe than earlier seasons -- complete with sassy high heels and a spray tan.

Kate Gosselin's behind-the-scenes breakdowns and efforts to keep it together while traveling to Florida with a brood that size made for some drama, but consensus seems to be that Kate Plus 8 without Jon is just strange, not to mention a bit boring.

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Kate Gosselin's fight against low blood sugar just doesn't measure up on the drama scale compared to her bickering and attacking Jon. Many were hoping the new show would get some spice from Kate's rumored affair with bodyguard Steve Neild, but he made it clear he's just the busy mom's protector.

Fans who like their reality TV down and dirty just found things a bit too copacetic on Kate Plus 8. Some are even calling for the return of her ex and all the ugly tension that Jon Gosselin brings with him. Add his new girlfriend, Ellen Ross, who apparently "hates" kids, and you've got something akin to, if not worse than, last year's ugly energy.

Leave a comment to let us know what you thought of the premiere: How did Kate Plus 8 measure up to Jon & Kate Plus 8? Should Jon be brought back into the action?

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overit June 26, 2010 | 1:39 AM

There is just something so annoying about Kate. This so called new show was so boring and she irritated me so much that I changed the channel (quickly) and cancelled the series recording on my DVR. She's a spoiled rotten Diva who I can't and won't watch. Nothing is real with her. Even her crying episodes are irritating and fake. I tried to watch, but couldn't, and won't watch again.

leslee June 09, 2010 | 10:23 AM

I'm tired about hearing about Kate. Did she find a new cure for cancer? Did she write a prize winning novel that changed the world? No she had fertility treatments and had eight kids, big deal. I have an Amish nieghbour who has 25 kids, is she on tv. Kate is just exploiting her children for her own gain, what does her being on Dancing With the Stars or what ever it is called have to do with being a good mother? Please enough about Kate, twenty years from now all those poor kids are going to be in therapy because the grew up in front of tv crews.

angelbaby June 09, 2010 | 8:01 AM

ii think that she is only doing the show for money.she is a fake wantabe.i dont care for her at all and will never watch her show.

sue June 07, 2010 | 4:07 PM

LOVED seeing kate and kids back with no JON he needs to grow up and be a dad TLC thanks for bringing them back

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