It's too late for the Plus 8. They're already messed up, especially the cranky and least tolerated older girl, Maddie. Too bad TLC chose to frame the personalities of each child by prejudiced editing and scene setting. Some children are favored, some are mocked and Maddie is never cut a single break. She is unfailingly shown as crying, screaming and being uncooperative. She's 8 and she has been on camera for 5 years. that's a lot of tears.
Jon and Kate are all over the tv talks shows and tabloid newspapers now and TLC has decided to make their marital difficulties part of the scripted episodes this year. generating family revenue and the expense of the family. TLC is the wrong venue for this. Think PBS: think Loud family. Now the only hope for the family and the individual members in it is to let the film roll and then extract truth from that product , rather than scripting each episode and then editing to fit the storyline.
Obviously, Jon and Kate, or at least Kate, has decided to keep their family in the public eye. The decision has already been made. At least an honest presentation in true cinema verite style could offer some small hope for at the least, insight and at the most, redemption, for both the children and the adults in this wrecked family.
Eight little faces indeed. Those little faces are going to spend a good long time searching for the meaning in the way thier lives unfolded.