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TLC Minus 'Jon & Kate'

Those viewers who are eager to tune in for the latest travails befalling the 10-strong Gosselin clan will be disappointed tonight.



After last week's record-breaking episode in which Jon and Kate announced they were splitting up, TLC announced it was taking a month off from showing new episodes to give the couple time to adjust. New episodes are supposed to return in August, but given the nature of reality TV and that TLC might want to strike while the ratings iron is hot, who really knows?



That people are really talking about this situation is proof that we as a nation have too much time on our hands and our obsession with celebrity in general.



The Gosselins were a quirky little story when they became famous a few years ago, having sextuplets after having twins. It makes for a nice little news feature, but that's really it.



Why do people want to tune in constantly to see them? What's the compulsion with following their every move? They are famous for the sake of being famous.



It's really no surprise that their marriage collapsed; it's hard to think of a couple that could survive such constant and widespread scrutiny. Not that the Gosselins are free from blame, themselves. They may not have been prepared for such intense exposure, but they certainly seem to enjoy the trappings that such fame brings.



Whether the series survives given that TLC will now have to have two separate crews -- one for each spouse -- following the family around is up in the air. After all, there's only so much misery people can take, and even though the Gosselins are on the cover of every magazine right now, it's only a matter of time before they are bumped off in favor of the latest exploits of Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.



MONDAY'S BEST BETS: It's going to be a fairly light week, posting-wise, since there's not going to be a lot of new stuff given the holiday weekend.



ABC offers new episodes of "The Bachelorette" at 8 p.m. and "Here Come The Newlyweds" at 10 p.m. -- each couple no doubt ready to step into the Gosselins place for fame and fortune.



On cable, TNT has new episodes of "The Closer" at 9 p.m. and "Raising The Bar" at 10 p.m., while Showtime delivers new installments of "Weeds" at 10 p.m. and "Nurse Jackie" at 10:30 p.m.



Finally, HBO offers the documentary "Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech" at 9 p.m.

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