- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kate goes solo

“Jon & Kate Plus 8” is about to be rechristened “Kate Plus Eight,” Associated Press reports.

That’s the word from the TLC network, announcing Tuesday that its hit reality show will be adapting to changes in the Gosselin household, which for months has been disrupted by the split-up of Jon and Kate.

The renamed “Kate Plus Eight” begins Nov. 2. It will continue to focus on the lives of the young Gosselin twins and sextuplets but with a deeper focus on Kate’s role as a single mother.

TLC says Jon Gosselin will continue to appear on the show, but less often.

The couple made their separation official on an episode that aired in June. TLC says they are in divorce proceedings.

The series, which airs Mondays at 9 p.m., premiered in 2007.

No fallout from flub

Despite her widely publicized foul-mouthed flub on Saturday’s season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” new cast member Jenny Slate isn’t going anywhere, TVGuide.com says.

“No truth to firing conjecture,” NBC spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo told the New York Daily News.

A Federal Communications Commission fine for Miss Slate is also highly unlikely because the verbal slip occurred at 12:40 a.m. - well after the prime-time hours the FCC monitors most heavily, the newspaper reported.

Miss Slate, one of two new cast members added to “SNL’s” lineup this season, accidentally used the F-word during a skit with co-star Kristen Wiig and guest host Megan Fox.

In the sketch “Biker Chit Chat,” the three frequently tossed around the words “freaking” and fricking” before Miss Slate accidentally let the curse word fly about a minute into the sketch.

The curse was replaced with “freaking” in the West Coast tape delay, TV Guide said.

Miss Slate follows in the footsteps of former “SNL” cast member Charles Rocket, who dropped the F-word on the live show back in 1981.

Easy money

Could you unspool a roll of toilet paper with your body in 60 seconds - for a chance to win $1 million?

That’s one of the deceptively simple household challenges contestants will face on “Perfect 10,” a new game show from Universal Media Studios in association with Friday TV that creates high-stakes competition based on everyday chores.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered eight one-hour episodes. No airdate has been set, but the show presumably will fill a midseason slot.

In “Perfect 10,” contestants will be faced with 10 tasks they must complete in 60 seconds. By choosing easily replicated challenges, NBC hopes to increase the level of at-home participation and the potential to expand the game to other platforms.

The network will post demonstrations of 50 games on a Web site before the show’s launch, enabling potential contestants and viewers to practice the tasks.

Strong showing

The season premieres of “Dexter” and “Californication” returned with a vengeance for Showtime on Sunday night, Broadcastingcable.com notes.

“Dexter,” which stars Michael C. Hall (“Six Feet Under”) as a medical-examiner-by-day-turned-serial-killer-by-night, kicked off its fourth season to become the most-watched telecast since Showtime changed how it calculates ratings in 2004.

According to B&C, “Dexter” (seen at 9 p.m.) drew 1.52 million viewers, or 1.92 million when the replay is factored in - up 19 percent from the season-three premiere night (1.62 million)

The season-three premiere of “Californication” also was the highest-rated episode in that show’s history, drawing 821,000 viewers at 10 p.m., up 57 percent from the season-two premiere (522,000). For the night, the show - which stars David Duchovny as an oversexed writer with writer’s block - averaged slightly more than 1.2 million viewers.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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