By Margaret Lyons
Updated April 02, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

So Jon & Kate Plus 8 is returning for a fifth season. Um….yay? At today’s TLC upfront, the parents were on hand to offer generic platitudes about the upcoming season. Jon said to “expect the unexpected,” and Kate added that “[the family will] be taking a very exciting trip in the near future. Not to give it away, but it’ll take us back to our roots.” Oh man, I hate “trip” episodes.

I’m not sure that I want another season with the Gosselins, and not just because they often seem, oh, completely miserable.* Also because what I used to like about the show has diminished in recent seasons: I liked the documentary vibe back in the day, when the show felt like it was capturing an unusual family doing ordinary things. Now, so much of the show is about the show itself — there’s a meta element here that’s just not my style.

What about you, PopWatchers? Are you all still into 8? Or have you had enough?

Grr, I couldn’t find a good clip of “Jon Minus Nine” from The Soup. Alas.

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