The Truman Show

The Truman Show tells the story of the orphan, Truman Burbank, who was selected by a producer to create a television program showing the 'reality' of his life. Truman lives in his own private dome, with actors pretending to be his community. Nothing in his life is real, except for Truman himself.

Jon & Kate have opened up their lives and have allowed their children to be entertainment for public consumption. We are invited to watch them grow up and are privy to their intimate moments. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Nothing is too sacred that cannot be put on film for us to watch, criticize, and analyze. The children are completely open to us.

When there is nothing that is interesting to present to us, we are given a nice, tidy clip show (just like the Truman Show), hi-lighting the milestones of this family's life. They even have strategically placed product placement!

What's next? Mady's first boyfriend (sponsored by Teen Beat)? The tups meet the bully(A very special episode)? Will the children know who really are their friends, or will they always be suspicious that the people they meet are nice to them because they want to be on tv?

While the Truman Show seems to have ended on a good note (Truman freeing himself from his fake life), we aren't privy to his adjustment outside the world that is created for him. He'll have to deal with problems that aren't scripted and aren't guiding him on the producer desired path.

I wonder what's going to happen to J&K's children once the 'staged' reality of their lives end. Will they miss it? Will they know what to do with it? What will they do when their crew and producer decide that America is bored with them and up and leave without ever looking back? These are people they've bonded with. Are they going to feel that everyone abandons them?

Does Kate realize that, like the Truman Show, once they're off the air, America is just going to change the channel and forget about them? I wonder how she feels about that.

Submitted for publication by Maggy.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, I would think that is what Kate would be hoping for. Take the money and run and leave all this mess behind.

JessieTYCG said...

Yeah! I'm no longer Anonymous!

I have been wondering this for some time, but can't seem to find an answer: Are the TLC shows like Jon and Kate Plus 8 protected from being mocked on The Soup(my Friday night TV guilty pleasure)? The show features commentary on every single reality show out there - even Dutch Oven Cooking for crying out loud!

Joel McCale would have a field day with the antics displayed by J&K and I just think it would be hilarious to see his take on the show. Yet, I have never seen any TLC show footage featured on The Soup. Any thoughts or theories? Maybe it would pop the "Truman Show" bubble that J&K seem to be living in.

Katie Irene is a Scream said...

Jessie I feel the same way, it's good to have a name to go along with everything.

As far as "The Soup" is concerned they can only use clips that are submitted by the producers of the individual show. But I think even if they were given clips (and I doubt they would be) they wouldn't be used simply because it involves children.

Anonymous said...

I never thought of that. Maybe TLC doesn't want any of their shows mocked and refuses to release the rights to E. That wouldn't be smart on their part since exposure on The Soup can actually improve ratings. It's all Joel McHale's fault that I got sucked into the I Love New York/Rock of Love/I Love Money reality show free for all. I wouldn't have tuned in if not for the clips he made fun of.

Anonymous said...

The Soups uses the clip of the little girl from Supernanny licking a pickle all the time, so There's also the kid they make fun of on Hip Hop Harry for asking stupid questions, so I don't think there's much of a limitation as far as showing kids goes.

MrsRef said...

Jon & kate were on the Soup once that I saw. I believe it was the clip where Joel was talking about Weiners.

JessieTYCG said...

I thought about the "children factor" as well, but then I remembered that both "I Know My Kid's a Star" and "Kid Nation" (both of these shows have been red-flagged by Paul Peterson) were featured on The Soup. Also, since most of the mock-worthy footage from J&K plus 8 would be the "love seat confessionals" featuring the two adults, this argument does not hold water IMO.
Even the mighty Oprah is not too proud to withhold footage from her show to be comedy fodder for Joel.
ie: "Oprah's V-Jay-Jay!" LOL! Too Funny!

sistah2 said...

Great point about the Truman show - I wonder if the new home will be built like the "Big Brother" house - installed cameras everywhere - mics hanging to catch every whine - it gives me chills. How could anyone in good conscience "sponsor" such a house? It is just wrong. The tups just do not know any other life than this one. What a shock it will be for them when they find out there is a world out there, of children who live without cameras on them, and with parents, gparents, cousins, etc. that are available for them .

JessieTYCG said...

"The Soups uses the clip of the little girl from Supernanny licking a pickle all the time, so There's also the kid they make fun of on Hip Hop Harry for asking stupid questions"

LOL! That's right! Don't forget the "dance footage" from Yo Gabba-Gabba. The Soup has a whole section entitled, "What the Kids Are Watching" which, as a mom of 3 having to sit through some of these shows, I now watch with a whole new appreciation. Thanks Joel!

hellokitty said...

I've seen J&K on The Soup before as well. But, it was only once or twice.

Tootie said...

Thank you, I had never thought about what will happen to the kids when the film crew is gone. The crew has been there more than not and are a staple in their little lives. Once again, I don't really think anyone is considering what is best for the kids, it's all about the money. I can't help but wonder, when you wake up and there is no camera pointed in your face, does that scare you?

WatchOverThem said...

sistah2 said:

"Great point about the Truman show - I wonder if the new home will be built like the "Big Brother" house - installed cameras everywhere - mics hanging to catch every whine - it gives me chills. How could anyone in good conscience "sponsor" such a house? It is just wrong. The tups just do not know any other life than this one. What a shock it will be for them when they find out there is a world out there, of children who live without cameras on them, and with parents, gparents, cousins, etc. that are available for them."

If this is the case, then I ask, did we learn any lessons from the damage caused to the Dionne Quints and what constantly living on display did to them?

aly,benji n siennas mom said...

This article hit the nail on the head! Those poor kids are going to go through some tough times and unfortunately form what we see on TV their parents won't be much a help!

I LOVE THE SOUP Joel McHale is too funny. He came to NYC and my better half and I went to see him he is too too much LOL. And he did use J&Kplus 8 the one when Joel said "daddies have wieners" LOL classic

Frugal Finds said...

I was hoping Saturday Night Live would get ahold of this show!!!

lemmnnot said...

First word on the computer, anytime, ever. Please be kind, I'm old :]

Just so awful! Many childdren have had to deal with wondering if the people they meet want to be friends with them only because they have become famous during their young lives (big pond or little pond). Hopefully, these children have parents and other close adults to help ground them, give them support, and guide them through what can be a very difficult self-esteem issue.

J&K will teach their kids, by example (and words, I'm sure), that every relationship is disposable and to suspect every relationship they have because that is what THEY do, be it new friend, old friend, or family member.

Kristin said...

I saw Joel on The Soup, his precious weiner comment. I wish Mad Tv or SNL would do a skit on the parents, not sure if it would be funny if the kids were involved. Anyone remember Mo Collins skits on Mad Tv?? She reminds me soooo much of Kate when she's doing Lorraine or Stuart's mom. I think she'd be perfect at mocking Kate!

Anonymous said...

Anyone remember Mo Collins skits on Mad Tv?? She reminds me soooo much of Kate when she's doing Lorraine or Stuart's mom. I think she'd be perfect at mocking Kate!


"Aaden! What does Mommy say?"

"I don't want to say."

"What does Mommy say?"

"If you can't get it for free from a corportate sponsor, then it's not worth our time."

LOL! Good casting choice! Bobby Lee could play Jon.

Rachel said...

I think the Gosselins should take a hint from the Dilleys and the McCaugheys and allow yearly updates but other than that, let their kids lead normal lives!

Anonymous said...

I was hoping Saturday Night Live would get ahold of this show!!!

Ya know, I would bet anything that they WILL do a skit about them this fall when it comes back on. There has been a lot of J&K8 crap lately. I wouldn't be surprised at all seeing it on the upcoming season. LOL!!

bethanna said...

Childhood is supposed to be a time when you can make mistakes and learn with the assurance that you're not going to live those mistakes for the rest of your life. The problem with reality television and children is that it violates their right to not have every wrong step documented and critiqued. It means positioning them to be exploited by those wanting a connection to celebrity instead of a genuine friendship or relationship based on who they are inside. And, in the Gosselin's case, these children are going to have to break the molds and stereotypes that Jon and Kate have saddled them with. Imagine fifteen years from now when Collin is applying to universities. Will he have to explain to everyone that, though he loves animals, he actually has no desire to be a zoologist? Will he endure dorm mates who jokingly ask him what animal he wants to be today? Will Maddy miss friendships or be unduly ostracized because Kate has deemed her the "Maddy-dramatic", "moody" kid? It's not just that these kids will have to live by the perceptions and stereotypes of those who only know them from television: it's that they will have to break down all of the neat little walls that Jon and Kate have boxed their personalities in. It is bad enough for any group of multiples to know that they're always thought of as one-of-many. But, parading them on television and making their lives revolve on being one-of-many (rather than A CHILD who is unique and special in their own rite) is cruel.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping Saturday Night Live would get ahold of this show!!!

Ya know, I would bet anything that they WILL do a skit about them this fall when it comes back on. There has been a lot of J&K8 crap lately. I wouldn't be surprised at all seeing it on the upcoming season. LOL!!

I hope they don't - I wouldn't want the kids to see it.

bakedbeans said...

Re: Jon's appearance at the Mothers of Twins Convention in Boston Yesterday.

Brief review Laugh out loud funny. They Do think they're stars.

I give you pretentious ass:

http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2008/07/26/paparazzi_too_close_for_comfort/?page=3

Anonymous said...

I wasn't sure where to post this comment so hope this thread is okay. The other night I was watcing some latenight reruns of Jon and Kate and watched the episode about the visit to the eye doctor. Jodi, as usual, was the babysitter of choice back then. I was wondering if there was anyway Jodi could pull some legal stunt and say she didn't want to be shown in reruns. I guess at some point she had to sign some waiver about appearing on the show but just have been wondering if there was any way she could get around this. That could really mess up a great number of the old episodes.

Anonymous said...

Bakebeans said...
Re: Jon's appearance at the Mothers of Twins Convention in Boston Yesterday.

Brief review Laugh out loud funny. They Do think they're stars.

I give you pretentious ass:

http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2008/07/26/paparazzi_too_close_for_comfort/?page=3


The comment that Jon made about never leaving his wife because he'd be the poorest man alive.....seems to me he wants out but feels trapped...poor guy

Anonymous said...

"The Soup" doesn't have to have permission to use clips from shows - there's a fair use rule in broadcast news that they can air 20 seconds of anything the week that it airs.

mommy dearest said...

Yes, Joel McHale has featured J&K+8 on The Soup. I'm pretty sure it was only once though.

I was really happy to see someone else (besides me) comparing this show to The Truman Show. Especially with the product placement. *zooms to Juicy Juice for 8 seconds* I've been saying this for awhile now. It's so annoying.

Anonymous said...

"The kids are also afraid of the automatic flusher?! That's just sad. That's like being afraid of sunlight, or trees."

My niece is afraid of automatic toilets an she's 7 and well adjusted. I can see why she would be they flush even when your still on 'em. I stopped reading your re-cap after this comment.

Anonymous said...

This show will be on reruns for years and paying the Gosselin's every time, I hope.

Not a Sheeple said...

I kind of doubt the show will be reairing for years. Once it's off, we'll be seeing the next big thing over and over and over. It might make the midnight to five circuit for awhile. As far as residuals go, it all depends on the contract. I've heard that they weren't paid for the first two seasons except in the freebie, product placement, trips they got kind of way. So no residuals there. I'm guessing that season four will have something for residuals in the contract since Jon and Kate have hired some professional advisors.

Breanna said...

How many reality shows have we seen in reruns once they go off the air? I predict when the show is cancelled people will quickly move on to the next thing and J and K + 8 will be forgotten

Anonymous said...

I doubt it the reason Jon refused to allow his photo to be taken was because of 'strict restrictions with the cable network'. The REAL reason is because Kate wasnt at his side. Who is he trying to fool. Queen Bee Kate is the only person that tells him what he can and cannot do.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever think J&K know this is a short term deal, eventually the network and America will get bored and move on. There goes the money and the perks, so they are taking advantage while they can. I mean when this show end they still have to cloth, feed and care for 8 children in an ever expencive world. Just feeding 8 teenages can you imagine the cost.