Counselor Polly Kahl started blogging about the Gosselins after they moved to her small town of Wernersville, PA. In the next year and a half she experienced a whirlwind of life lessons about reality TV and the business of entertainment as the Gosselin family splintered and eventually broke apart. Jon & Kate Plus Eight: "Reality" TV & the Selling of the Gosselins is full of insightful interviews ...
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I initially bought this book to curb my appetite for the phenomena that is the Gosselins. After reading it however, I'm thoroughly convinced that children on reality TV should have the EXACT same rights as child actors in this country. If there is ...
ions as well as practical solutions from experts who've watched the Gosselin saga since the beginning as well as authorities on the entertainment industry and reality TV. Interviewees include former child stars Alison Arngrim and Jon Provost, actors Eliza and Eric Roberts, child advocate Paul Petersen, reality TV researcher and author Jennifer L. Pozner, child psychiatrist Michael Brody, body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass, parent of sextuplets Becki Dilley, and more. Author and professional counselor Polly Kahl adds her unique voice to the discussion with commentaries on the psychological aspects of the Gosselin phenomenon in this examination of “reality” TV and its impact on a fractured family TLC once called Jon & Kate Plus Eight.ENDORSEMENTSPolly Kahl’s book takes the reader on a shocking journey behind the fake smiley faces of a popular reality television show. Having participated in realty television myself, I know the pressure camera crews are under to create interesting television from what might otherwise be boring times. Polly’s story casts that pressure and its effects in a new, and rather ruthless, light. I don’t know if this story has any heroes; perhaps everyone is a victim or villain. It certainly makes me see today’s reality TV from a new and more critical perspective.-John Elder Robison, bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye and Be DifferentSome wonderful works of art have emerged from blogs ~ Juno, the movie...and now Polly Kahl's book. We've heard horror stories about the life of Shirley Temple, and her mother's cold obsession with her success, and her horror as her daughter started to grow up and “lose her cute." The Brady Bunch kids were hated by the real children of the actors playing the parents. What happens when there's no separation? When the show family and the real family are one? Where does a child turn then? This book forces us to look at that, and gives us a means to take some steps to protect children in the fast-growing industry of reality TV. The beauty of it is that Polly offers solutions to the problems on which she sheds light. And we all need to be part of the solution. As the author points out, this is a time to think with our hearts.-Eliza & Eric Roberts, Actors & Child AdvocatesProspective child stars and their stage parents have a best friend in Polly Kahl. Her very readable book on The Gosselins can serve as a warning to all future Michaels. While extremely entertaining, it is also a valuable reference as to the impact of reality TV on a family. It is a must read for anyone interested in celebrity culture and child development.-Michael Brody M.D., Chair of the Media Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryBeing in the spotlight is no easy task. I should know, having been a child actor from the ages of three to eighteen but I could leave the set, go home and be a kid. Not so for the eight Gosselin children, they have no escape. Polly Kahl looks at the sad truth about reality shows and their effect on the lives of their young participants.-Jon Provost, former child actor former of film and television, best known for his role as Timmy in LassiePolly Kahl, M.A. is a licensed professional counselor with a private therapy and consultation business in West Lawn, PA. She has appeared on over twenty television shows on issues related to child advocacy and was interviewed on the E! True Hollywood Story "Kate Gosselin."