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TV best bets with series finale of ‘Kate Plus 8,’ return of ‘Survivor,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’

Kate Gosselin's brood will no longer be televised on TLC after Monday. CREDIT: TLC

Kate Gosselin's brood will no longer be televised on TLC after Monday. CREDIT: TLC

Much to the delight of many, Kate Gosselin’s TLC show “Kate Plus 8″ finally ends its run Monday night forever.

Other shows wrapping their season runs include “Bachelor Pad” on ABC Monday, “HGTV Design Star” on HGTV Monday, “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday on NBC, “Necessary Roughness” on USA on Wednesday and “Big Brother” on CBS Wednesday. All of them should be back next year though there are never any guarantees. (”HGTV Design Star’s ratings, for instance, are down year over year.)

This means the beginning of a  flurry of fresh fall shows, including most of the CW’s lineup and select shows on NBC and CBS. Among the most notable new offerings include “Up All Night” on NBC with Christina Applegate on Wednesday and “Ringer” on Tuesday on the CW featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Also watch out for the returns of “Parenthood” Tuesday on NBC, the 23rd rendition of “Survivor” Wednesday and “The Vampire Diaries” on the CW Thursday.

MONDAY
“Gaga By Gaultier” 8 p.m. the CW — Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier interviews Lady Gaga.
Bachelor Pad” 9 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — The winner gets $250,000 and the new “Bachelor” is introduced.
“HGTV Design Star” 9 p.m. HGTV (sixth season finale) — It’s Meg vs. Karl and Meg has the edge to win.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT (seventh season summer finale) — The team digs for clues in the shooting death of a deputy sheriff.
Kate Plus 8” 9 p.m. TLC (series finale) — It’s over. Kate Gosselin will have to find another way to make money now.
Killer Outbreaks” 9 p.m. Animal Planet (first season finale) — More reason to become a hypochondriac.
2011 Miss Universe Pageant” 9 p.m. NBC — Andy Cohen and Natalie Morales host.
Alphas” 10 p.m. Syfy — Syfy has given this drama a second season.
Extreme Couponing” 10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — A Detroit couponer hopes she can save enough to move out of a dangerous neighborhood.
Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT (second season summer finale) — Sinister serial killer Charles Hoyt may have the inside scoop on a prison slaying.

TUESDAY

“90210” 8 p.m. the CW (fourth season debut) — Naomi adjusts to her lower social status in college.
It’s Worth What?” 8 p.m. NBC (season finale) — Ratings have been tepid so this is probably the series finale.
“Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words” 9 p.m. ABC — An interview with the former First Lady after her husband’s death in 1963.
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — The top 4 perform, including standards singer and favorite Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Auction Kings” 9 p.m. Discovery— Check out Civil War-era iron knuckles and a moonshine still.
Ringer” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to network TV playing twins.
Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC (third season debut) — Adam, unemployed, worries about providing for his family.
Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Clay makes a deal with the Mayans that won’t be easy to sell to the club.
WEDNESDAY
“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC (sixth season finale) — While Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. seems like the favorite, Team iLuminate could surprise us all.
“Buried Treasure” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — The Kenos assess possessions of a Georgia family trying to avoid foreclosure.
“H8R” 8 p.m. the CW (new series) — Pronounce the title as “Hater,” as in people who hate a particular celebrity confronts said celebrity. Dare you to say that to their face!
Melissa & Joey” 8 p.m. ABC Family (first season finale) — Joey’s financial situation changes, forcing him and Mel to make tough choices.
Survivor: South Pacific” 8 p.m. CBS (23rd season debut) — Coach and Ozzy are back.
America’s Next Top Model” 9 p.m. the CW (17th season debut) — Fourteen past contestants who didn’t win are back.
Scammed” 9 p.m. History — Con expert Paul Wilson examines old-time scams that resonate to this day.
Big Brother” 9:30 p.m. CBS (13th season finale) — Rachel, Porsche and Adam vie for $500,000.
Hulk Hogan’s MCW” 10 p.m. TruTV (new series) — Hogan attempts to popularize Micro Championship Wrestling.
Necessary Roughness” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — T.K. faces his rival, played by Terrell Owens.
Up All Night” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — A couple struggles to adjust with a newborn baby. Will Arnett and Christina Applegate star.
Free Agents” 10:30 p.m. NBC (new series) — Hank Azaria plays a divorcée navigating the dating world.
THURSDAY
Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW (third season debut)— Elena and Damon search for Stefan.
Angels Among Us” 8 p.m. CMT (new series) — Stories of divine intervention.
Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Contestants meet nine men on the runway but must design for their significant others.
The Secret Circle” 10 p.m. the CW (new series) — Cassie learns she’s a witch and meets a circle of friends, also witches.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 10 p.m. FX (seventh season debut) — Frank wants to marry a prostitute.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Snooki and Deena have a literal run-in with the cops.
“L.A. Ink” 10 p.m. TLC (series finale) — Kat decides to open a new tattoo parlor in Austin and the crew worries she may close the L.A. shop.
Archer” 10:30 p.m. FX (third season debut) — Malory hires Rip Riley (Patrick Warburton) to find Archer.
FRIDAY
2011 ALMA Awards” 8 p.m. NBC — Eva Longoria and George Lopez host.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” 8 p.m. Cartoon (fourth season debut) — A conflict in Mon Calamari forces the Jedi to seek a powerful ally to prevent a civil war.
“Karaoke Battle” 9 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Two winners (male and female) are chosen and win a recording contract.
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — A bride has a change of heart about a dress she already put a deposit on.
Tanked” 9 p.m. Animal Planet (first season finale) — The team hopes to surprise Wayde with an octopus tank for his birthday.
American Restoration” 10 p.m. History — A 1957 air-raid siren and a nickel-plated cash register are featured.
Roseanne’s Nuts” 10 p.m. Lifetime (first season finale) — Lifetime bumped this reality series focused on Roseanne Barr to Fridays, a sign the ratings were not to par.

WEEKEND
Love Begins” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — To pay off a debt, an adventurer works on a farm owned by a fetching young woman. Take a guess what happens.
63rd Annual Emmy Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Jane Lynch hosts.
Curiosity” 8 p.m. Sunday Discovery — How will the world end?
Sunday Night Football” 8:15 p.m. Sunday NBC — The Atlanta Falcons face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime— A bride-to-be sues a bridal store after she is seriously injured during a sale stampede.
Great Food Truck Race” 9 p.m. Sunday Food — The remaining three teams race into Atlanta.
“Breaking Bad” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC— Walt does not show up to his son’s 16th birthday celebration.
Against the Wall” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Abby and Lina investigate 911 response complaints after they are unable to get emergency help.

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39 comments Add your comment

rod

September 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

kate forgot that her claim to fame was pumping out multiple kids she became a diva, treated everyone like garbage, got all the freebe back stage tours and trips to Disney, etc, got free swag from other Discovery shows and on and on. got all kinds of cosmetic surgery and now poor little you know what has to work. I am glad the kids were provided for with education trust funds and hope they do well but i love that fact that she is gone.

Yes, I am a hater

vagabondking

September 11th, 2011
8:00 pm

What the hell is it’s always Funny in Philadelphia?

HelpMeRodna

September 12th, 2011
7:17 am

Oh no! How will Kate wh0re out her kids now? All they’ve ever known is a camera in their face….will they be able to survive without a cameraman and sound guy recording every poop they take?

Nightman

September 12th, 2011
8:46 am

Thank god It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is back on this week. I will finally be able to laugh at the TV again.

BamaFan

September 12th, 2011
8:52 am

Thank God they had some sense to take this show off the air. What in the world will Kate do for money now. If she has to work, what will that do to her? When you treat everyone else like crap, this is what happens. I bet she begs someone to get on a new network.

Just Asking

September 12th, 2011
8:54 am

who is Kate Gosslin?

G. Blanston

September 12th, 2011
9:06 am

You know, the insufferable b*tch whose constant berating and verbal abuse led her husband to finally (and smartly) leave her for someone who WASN’T so focused on only herself.

Mark my words….one of those kids is going to go Lyle Menendez on her in her sleep someday.

CatLover

September 12th, 2011
9:11 am

So long disfunction junction!

carla roqs

September 12th, 2011
9:11 am

@blanston–hope not, the kids deserve better than to go to jail for offing their moron of a mother. her husband loved her and the kids. said he wasnt for the multiple births and said he no longer recognized her after all of her “work” was done. she insulted and cut him to shreds every chance she got. good riddance to bad trash. #gladsheisgone

Mr. Ed

September 12th, 2011
9:13 am

I never said “Hello” to Kate and her brood in the first place. Another reality television travesty thankfully ends it run.

Shelby Johnson

September 12th, 2011
9:13 am

I didn’t watch Kate+8, but I’m glad it’s going off the air. I’ve seen enough clips and interviews of her to know she is a straight up biotch! Just in the last hour I saw her on the Today show and she made a very snotty comment in response to her ex being glad that the show is over and the kids can have some normalcy. She basically said, and I’m paraphrasing, “well, he may be happy with mediocrity and working a normal job, but I want my kids to have the best in life.” WTH! Most people work normal jobs and want the best for their kids too. Go somewhere and sit ya ass down, and keep your legs crossed!

Madea

September 12th, 2011
9:24 am

Y’all are too funny! The Lyle Menendez line is hilarious! She’ll probably get the kids into modeling and commercials. Maybe even movies for a couple of them! They’re cute, and they’ll command enough cash to take care of their collective education and necessities into adulthood. She’ll be their manager — yep, a real, honest-to-goodness stage mom! — and get 10 percent of EVERYTHING!!! That’s my prediction, anyway.

Kat

September 12th, 2011
9:31 am

Most interviews that I’ve seen with Kate have her saying “The kids are so sad that this is ending. They loved the cameras, and the people from TLC – or wherever it was – watching them. They were like family.” Blah, blah, blah.

How do you know your kids won’t like a “normal” life? I fear for the kids only because Kate is whacked-out crazy with the thousands – or more – that she was bringing in. When her salary drops to $0, what will she do? Probably take it out on all those mouths she had to feed!

Does she think America wanted to be there to watch this family attend college?

Kat

September 12th, 2011
9:32 am

By the way, most people would KILL for a nursing degree and the experience that she had before she went on her seemingly endless reality trip. She’s got skills, but she’s too lazy to use them in a “normal” way.

say uncle

September 12th, 2011
9:38 am

finally the bitch is going away

Chris

September 12th, 2011
9:38 am

One crappy show down, a million to go. Dance Moms needs to be next.

Tyler

September 12th, 2011
9:41 am

Jon & Kate + 8 should be required veiwing for all teenage boys. Let them see what their life could turn out like should they not wrap up during sexy time! They won’t get near a women until they’re 30 after watching one season.

/stole an old joke

Traffic Headache

September 12th, 2011
9:45 am

80% of the demographic who will tune in to “Gaga By Gaultier” will gay. Thank God football is on at the same time.

dood

September 12th, 2011
9:46 am

I see some fetish movies in her future.

miguel

September 12th, 2011
9:47 am

what up yo. you’all are so mean.

dood

September 12th, 2011
9:47 am

I already know the title: “Kate takes 8″

Goofy

September 12th, 2011
9:47 am

I am so thrilled that they TV people have finally wised up and taken this show off the air. Kate was only using her kids to get to all the money and free stuff she could get her hands on. She wasn’t looking out for the welfare of them, but the welfare of how she looked and so on and so on. She said the kids will miss all the attention….uh…NOT!!!….she will miss all the attention and now have to work a real job for a living….good riddance!!!!

GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE

September 12th, 2011
9:48 am

Good bye and Good Riddance to Kate and her litter!!!!! No big loss in any way shape form or fashion!

dood

September 12th, 2011
9:49 am

my neighbors dog had a litter of puppies a few years ago. Golden opportunity missed for them.

Later Kate!

September 12th, 2011
9:52 am

Ah, poor Kate won’t be able to take expensive trips around the world on TLC’s dime anymore. How did a show about a struggling family of 8 turn into a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous anyway? Says alot about our country, eh?

Peter Hoover

September 12th, 2011
10:24 am

She is a complete loser. Never did watch her show…..but saw her on Sarah Palin’s Alaska and saw her outrageous and rude behavior. She didn’t care one bit what her kids wanted. She is a spoiled brat, needs to be b*tch slapped upside the face with a dose of reality, manners and courtesy. She doesn’t get it. She has not figure out how to interact with people.

TG

September 12th, 2011
10:26 am

The Suits finale on Thursday was my final show. I have no more left to watch. (I do wonder why Suits can’t have a Fall return date like the other shows, but oh well). I saw “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ like once or twice, but never “Kate Plus 8,” thankfully. Neither should have ever been on TV, what a monster TLC created! Perhaps she will go back to being a nurse and living as normal a life as someone as ego-driven as someone like her can live. May the public never be forced to see her ever again, and many [needed] prayers must go up for her victims/children.

JS

September 12th, 2011
10:28 am

It will be nice not having to hear about Kate anymore, but I imagine the fans of this show that have watched those kids grow up hate that the show is being cancelled. There are some good things that came out of this show for the kids…they got college trust funds and once in a lifetime experiences like the backstage Disney trip and more. I’ll be interested to see the long-term effects of being the children of Kate Gosselin have on them in 10 years…I’m sure Kate will be even more unbearable at home now that her show was cancelled and she’ll actually have to work now.

Peppermint

September 12th, 2011
10:44 am

My daughter and I always enjoyed watched Jon and Kate plus 8….and that ended recently….Kate and the 8 were sight seeing in Philly….at one of the museums she got all hostile and took the kids out…saying that people were treating them like an exhibit…..Excuse me….but those folks were tourist, there to see the exhibits also…I would look too, at I’m sure what was a spectacle of an entrouage involved in moving 8 kids thru anything….But Kate…you put your children on display a long time ago…

Julia Sugarbaker

September 12th, 2011
10:59 am

Kate wasn’t smart enough to realize that other than being a human brood mare she really had nothing that would hold the public’s interest for long. I’m sure the gophers at TLC were under strict orders to constantly tell her how fabulous she was while the show was high in the ratings. Now that they’ve used that family for everything they can get out of them they’re dropping them like hot ‘taters’. If TLC had been good people they would have worked with her from the day they started paying her the big bucks on how to manage the money and they would have reinforced with her that she needed to plan for the day the show ended. Since she’s been on a spending frenzy for years I seriously doubt she’ll even be able to keep up her mortgage payments more than 3 months after the checks stop coming in. I’m also wondering why a large percentage of the money they were paid was not required to be put into trust for those kids with someone outside the family being in control of it, the same way Hollywood has to do for child actors.

daisym0m

September 12th, 2011
11:48 am

good bye and good riddance to bad rubbish. The children deserve much better than her. Grandparents need to take custody.

mj

September 12th, 2011
12:16 pm

I hope to never see Kate Gosselin’s evil face ever again.

ash

September 12th, 2011
5:06 pm

Kate Gosselin – Cry me a river and please drown in it and give your kids to somebody who actually CARES about them and not about fame/money

TD

September 12th, 2011
5:20 pm

Is there any truth to the rumors that Kate Gosselin has been offered big money to pose nude/do pr0n? I assume it’s probably not true, but my fingers are crossed.

carla roqs

September 13th, 2011
9:12 am

@TD- SMCH, hope dies eternal, hunh? lol

Kim K

September 13th, 2011
11:12 am

I have not watch finale yet; I dvrd it; but I watch a sneak peak. It is so obvious she coached those kids to say they were sad. They did not look sad… Alexis and Joel I think kept saying they were sad but yet they had a huge ass smile on their faces.

roy b

September 13th, 2011
12:43 pm

I don’t using care about things like this but —- THANK GOD SHE HAS BEEN CANCELED….remember Kate here today and GONE tomorrow. You and that dumbass ex husband have kids to take care of. Don’t blow all the money on stupid things that are not needed …. TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS…. The next time we might see you is on TV will be on Celebrity ReHab

Lyn Nat

September 13th, 2011
7:12 pm

I am soooooo glad it is over. If Kate stops the trips and buying shoes she will have money. John was smart and then he stayed away from the cameras. We all saw what she is A nasty lady.

Jjobe

September 15th, 2011
4:01 pm

I hate to see Kate plus8 removed from TV. She showed in reality what it is like to have 8 small children. She had to have strict rules to maintain order and have well behaved and well mannered children. How many viewers could do so well raising 8 small children and now as a single mother? I challenge each of you to do as well as Kate does. BRING HER BACK WITH HER CHILDREN.