Thursday, August 26, 2010

Matt Roloff announces that this is the Final Season of Little People, Big World

Matt Roloff released another newsletter; this time with breaking news: it is entitled: Matt Confirms the Final Season of LPBW - Thanks Fans - the email was sent by Matt's assistant Caryn. However, the letter ends with "Stay tuned .... The series is ending for now.... But it's definitely not over!"

For several years, every season until the most recent one actually (season 6), Matt always would hint that the Roloff family were ready to end the show and would walk away. It should be mentioned these usually came during contract negotiations and every year it would of course result in the Roloffs signing for another season. This pattern happened after Season 2 for Season 3 and then again for Season 4, and yet again for Season 5.

However, when the Roloffs announced that they were doing Season 6, suddenly Matt Roloff changed his tune as it relates to the future of the show. He began saying that they were planning on doing the show very many many more years. He has talked about how after this year he expects Jeremy and Zach to go to a 4 year college and stated that the cameras would follow them there.

Television ratings for Little People, Big World - Season 5B had fallen significantly by LPBW standards although it was still in the same ballpark as many other cable and TLC shows. Season 5B recorded several ratings in the 1.1 range. In previous seasons, 1.8's, 2.1's were common place.

As for Matt's Facebook hints; as most people know, there has been talk about a spin-off show centering around Jeremy, Zach and perhaps some of their friends. Some of the close friends have confirmed that producers had been throwing around that idea for several years.

On his Facebook page, Matt recently posted about how proud he was that Zach and Jeremy are making and inking their own deals -- some speculated this was referring to something show related with TLC. Although, some friends of Jeremy have said that they don't pay much attention to Matt's fan page, but guessed that it could have been referring to the fact that Jeremy recently purchased another old classic vehicle.

Matt also is dropping hints and teasing on his Facebook page about his newsletter anouncement:

Matt Roloff = Our family meetings always yield the most interesting results. New deals.. spin-offs?? what could that be? :)))) I love life's twists and turns.

Matt Roloff = I'm soooooo excited... I hate waiting for press releases to get approved by everyone... Just say it. :))))

And the newsletter:

August 26, 2010

Breaking News from The Roloff Family....
August, 2010

After an unprecedented 6 seasons and 229 primetime episodes shown around the world, the Roloff family and TLC are announcing the Final season of Little People, Big, World.

"We are very proud of what we have accomplished on behalf of Little People and ALL people of difference. We are honored by TLC's courage to educate people and break down barriers and stereotypes. We now look forward to sharing and continuing our adventurous life and lessons in the future" said Matt Roloff.

"The show has been an amazing and unforgettable experience for our entire family. Over the past 5 years we have shared the most rewarding journey that will forever be in our hearts. We are gearing up to begin new and exciting adventures as a family and we look forward to starting the next chapter of the Roloffs." We will always be grateful to our TLC family, and most of all, our fans."

In addition to above, we would also like to express our gratitude to our wonderful production company, Gay Rosenthal Productions, Inc.

We couldn't have done it without the unshakable support of our Executive Producers and, particularly the day-to-day efforts of our on site film crews and field producers.

Amy and I want to thank our families who gave us support during this crazy adventure. We also want to thank each and every person we met along the way who helped contribute to our successes.

Although saying goodbye is always bittersweet... the excitement of what lies just ahead keeps us focused and inspired.

Stay tuned .... The series is ending for now.... But it's definitely not over!



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Here is the TLC Press Release. It is somewhat of a plug for Season 6 which begins on Sept 6, 2010.



TLC CONFIRMS THE FINAL SEASON OF LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD

All-new episodes premiere September 6 at 8/7c

LOS ANGELES, CA — One of television’s favorite families prepares to say goodbye as TLC confirms that the previously announced upcoming sixth season of the hit series LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD will be the series finale. For more than 200 episodes, the Roloffs – parents Matt and Amy, both little people, and their kids Jeremy, Zach, Molly, and Jacob – have welcomed viewers to share their daily lives from their pumpkin farm in Oregon. Since it began airing in 2006, an average of 74 million P2+ viewers each year tuned in to LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD to watch the family’s adventures.
“Through LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD, the Roloffs have touched the hearts and enlightened the minds of millions of people worldwide,” said Eileen O’Neill, President & GM, TLC. “Its groundbreaking premiere introduced us all to the realities of being a little person, and we thank Matt & Amy and their family for their courage and willingness to share their lives.”

“The show has been an amazing and unforgettable experience for our entire family,” said Matt & Amy Roloff. “Over the past 5 years we have shared the most rewarding journey that will forever be in our hearts. We are gearing up to begin new and exciting adventures as a family and we look forward to starting the next chapter of the Roloffs. We will always be grateful to our TLC family, and most of all, our fans.”

Season six follows one of the most dramatic seasons of LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD ever – including a spring finale cliffhanger of Matt Roloff collapsing in his home office – leaving his family and fans concerned for his wellbeing. The premiere episode picks up right there, as the incident causes Matt to question his health and inspires both Matt and Amy, in typically different ways – Amy starts working with a personal trainer, while Matt takes a big risk by skydiving with Jeremy.

The season also finds Matt starting to think about the future of the farm while Amy focuses on giving back through her charity foundation. And, as the twins turn 20, they evaluate what to do next with their lives – do they have the drive and desire to move off the farm and make it on their own?

LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD is produced for TLC by Gay Rosenthal Productions. Executive producers are Gay Rosenthal, Paul Barrosse, Joseph Freed, Nicholas Caprio, and Jeffrey L. Weaver.

About TLC

TLC’s innovative docu-series and reality-based programming include favorites Kate Plus 8, Little People, Big World, What Not to Wear, 19 Kids and Counting, Say Yes to the Dress, and LA Ink. TLC added to its menu of programming with Cake Boss and continues to expand into the food genre. TLC’s daytime lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning A Baby Story. The channel is available in more than 99 million homes in the US, nearly 8 million homes in Canada and through the website at www.tlc.com. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.

Edit: You can read our article about the decision on what people are saying about Matt's announcement:

http://spiritswander.blogspot.com/2010/08/tlc-cancelled-little-people-big-world.html





33 comments:

Greg said...

Sounds like typical Matt Roloff hype to create buzz on the eve of Season 6.

Didn't TLC's marketing work for the final episode of the first part of the 5th season? They ran commercials saying it was the finale of LPBW, intentionally making people wonder if the show as over for good.

Jocelynn said...

Huh? I am confused!

"We are very proud of what we have accomplished on behalf of Little People and ALL people of difference. We are honored by TLC's courage to educate people and break down barriers and stereotypes. We now look forward to sharing and continuing our adventurous life and lessons in the future" said Matt Roloff."

That's not much of a "Goodbye" statement!

The show is over but we look forward to sharing our adventures and "stay tuned, it's definitely not over!"

I wish the Roloffs would realize how disrespectful it is to play with people like Matt loves to do so much.

Austin said...

"We are very proud of what we have accomplished on behalf of Little People and ALL people of difference.

What a joke. Tell that to gay people, but I guess gay people would be too busy to talk to because I'm supposed to be asking God to cure me...right Roloffs? As a person of difference, Thanks so much for Roloffs!!!!

Michelle said...

Weird announcement

Expressed said...

I KNEW Jeremy would get a spin off show! I can't be modest, I told you so! Lalalala! :)

I'm excited at what they're going to do next or have in works already probably.

Brandon said...

Austin, in your "ALL" people of difference that should be thanking the Roloffs, don't forget the "N words", the "beaners", the "cross-eyed downies", the "retards" and many many more!

Susan said...

I think it's obviously setting up a spin off show for Jeremy and Zach.

TLC's press release is a clue...

"And, as the twins turn 20, they evaluate what to do next with their lives - do they have the drive and desire to move off the farm and make it on their own?"

Too bad. Jeremy and Zach sure didn't stick to Amy's advice in season 1 about not getting caught up in television and still living their lives normally.

I suspect Jeremy and Zach are going to coast off reality tv for a while longer instead of growing up and getting out in the real world.

Jackie said...

This is sad if the show is done :(

Z to the Zee said...

Oh people. Use your heads.

Is there anyone dumb enough that thinks Matt would send out a press release like 'TLC kicked us to the curb. Pulled the rug right out from under us. We're so disappointed. Those damn haters win.'

Ask yourself. What would Matt say if TLC had enough of the Roloffs and booted them because ratings suck? It would be exactly like what he is doing now...

pikespeak said...

To be honest, a lot of people just watch for Jeremy & Zach anyway. ESPECIALLY Jeremy.

It's in TLC's best interest to have a show just focusing on them.

Complete with a Jeremy/Mueller marriage proposal.

I'll be watching.

Anonymous said...

"And, as the twins turn 20, they evaluate what to do next with their lives – do they have the drive and desire to move off the farm and make it on their own?"

Uh, NO!

Moving on, this reminds me of all the cliff-hanging about Washington County shutting them down at pumpkin season, only to be revealed that the problems were minor and quickly remedied. This among many, many other examples.

Matt Roloff is full of himself, and unaware that others can see it.

His ethical blind spots, his crude manipulations, his prevarications produce a laughingstock made jaw-dropping as he prattles on as an emperor in his new clothes.

Patty said...

Bet it is bittersweet time for them. I am sure something will come up. I can't imagine TV without the Roloffs.

Anonymous said...

It has been pass time for them to end this once I say once great tv series. They lost themselves with season 4 that when the writing on the wall was a giving for them. That is when we all startetd to see how they let fame and fortune go to their heads and all respect for them where gone. With that being said most of us just got sick and tired of it all, and the show just ended up being to most of us like oh lets look to see what else have they done to their house, oh I wounder what kind of car has Matt bought now. In the end the show was about us making horrible but truthful statements about them, in part because they all had change. So its best that the show end. But knowing Matt he will do TLC speacials on his now soon to be tv series. The only thing that I would have love to see was Molly Finisn Faith Bible and see Jacob entering Faith, It seens that Jeremy and Zach are losers and won't do anything with their lives and will remain on the farm.

Shadow said...

I'm sure that Amy and Molly will be relieved - neither of them ever really bought into this whole shebang in the first place. Although Amy has admitted that the show helped (and forced) her to take on more of a public role, which got her out of her "rut" of being a stay at home mom and opened up new opportunities for her that didn't depend on Matt. I'm sure Molly is just happy that now she has enough money to go away to college. :>

Who knows how Zach and Jacob feel? Both of them obviously like the perks, but neither of them was ever completely comfortable with the limelight or the contrivances they were forced to go along with. Probably a mixed blessing for those two...

Jeremy? Well, as Matt's clone, we can all guess that he has wanted to be a reality TV star ever since he was (say it with me, folks) 4 years old! He would be in agony if he had to go back to being "just" Jeremy. But at least if the rumors are true, and he gets his own show (or even one with Zach), the rest of the family won't have to be dragged along as often (although I'm sure Matt will demand they make appearances on a regular basis). Really, I don't know why they don't just make it the Matt and Jeremy show.

Maybe Jeremy could be Kate Gosselin's new boy toy? Reality gone wild!

Kathleen said...

Terrible news :(

Pamela said...

It should have been the final season 4 seasons ago.

Melissa said...

"Stay tuned .... The series is ending for now.... But it's definitely not over!"

That doesn't make sense.

Justin said...

"We now look forward to sharing and continuing our adventurous life and lessons in the future"

Code for now you'll see the Roloffs become media whores like never before.

Lynn said...

It must be bittersweet for the Roloffs, but it sounds like they won't be gone for long.

Timothy said...

Matt's statement doesn't make sense. His message is basically saying 'The show is over, but it's not over'.

It can't be both. I'm also thinking how opposite Matt's announcement is from what the Roloffs have always said. They didn't want the fame. They didn't do the show for money. They were looking forward to stepping out of the light and back into normal life.

But now the show is over and Matt's message is they are not going away.

If the Roloffs did ever at one time thinking about stepping away from the show, I think something changed. They fell in love with the fame and money. I don't think they have any desire to go back to regular life because they are now what people call "fame whores".

Carol said...

I smell a rat and his name might be Matt :)

Listen to what Matt actually says. It's hilarious. He is always talking about "Family meetings". Does he think the entire television world eagerly sits and waits for the Roloffs to tell them what to do after their important "family meetings"?

Hey, I just had a family meeting with my son. We have decided that Nike should sponsor him. We are pleased to make the announcement. We want Nike to feature an ad campaign similar to their old Tiger Woods campaign around my son. We have talked about it in our family meeting and that's the decision we've come to. We have decided Nike is going to give him a lucrative contract similar to Tiger's. Our family is so excited to share this news to you. It has been a dream of his ever since he was four years old. We will allow Nike to pay him to bring these ads to you. We expect Nike to come banging down our door any second asking for the outcome of our family meeting with their contract in hand, after we make some revisions of course because in our family meeting we reached the conclusion that we tell them what to do. That's all that needs to happen now! ;)

Rap541 said...

I think TLC just decided to cancel it. The ratings havin't been *hot*. It's an older show. The kids aren't kids anymore. I doubt the Roloffs *haven't* gotten pay increases every year and higher costs plus lower ratings....

Jane said...

If it was the ratings, then I think Matt's need to be in the spotlight and his huge ego wouldn't let him go out gracefully. I can imagine him sitting with the powers that be at TLC spinning a pile of BS about how he will turn it around and he will make the show better than ever, blah blah blah. After all, they have been pulling some pretty low stunts in the past to try and keep viewers. It seems that didn't work, so maybe TLC can see the handwriting on the wall.

There is also the possible issue of money. If the Roloff's wanted more money, and yes, I do believe they would ask for more even though the ratings have slipped, TLC may have told them no way, you haven't earned it.

Paul said...

What he says is not that difficult to understand. He just saying that the series is ending, but the Roloff’s on TV are not. They will probably do some specials or something.

Melissa said...

Paul, this sentence does not make sense...

"The series is ending for now.... But it's definitely not over!"

It's ending, but it's not over? It can't be ending but not be over...not being over is not ending...

Anonymous said...

It was just a matter of time this would happen. Nobody in their right mind would even think this would go for another show Not one of them came across like they even wanted to be there. Let alone thie arrogant attitude. I could say so much more. Another TLC pushing "christion" crapolla. The REAL christions are the ones you don't here about.

Anonymous said...

To Timothy, and a lot of you smart thinking people on here. Its Matt doubling talking again. Hopefully he will learn to keep his big mouth shut, and dreaming ways to himself. I guess that's how he thinks you make it up being a dwarf? He hasn't catually taught anyone of his kids to be appreciative, or anything else. God help the lot them.

Anonymous said...

TLC didn’t kick the Roloff’s to the curb, on the contrary, they are still a valued member of the TLC Family. The Roloff’s contract was up last year, yet season 5 ended with so many loose ends, it was just not a clean finish. TLC requested a very long multi-year commitment and the Roloff’s compromised on 2 years. They are completing 20 new episodes now to wrap things up for their fans and they will remain under contract for the next 18 months. LPBW is a very popular show for TLC and it will be sorely missed. But the Roloff’s will not be going away, I am sure we will see them in show specials and other unique appearances.

Rap541 said...

To be honest, season five didn't have to end with "loose ends". We know the chronology of events. Matt's drama and sympathy inducing collapse, wasn't actually during pumpkin season. If the show presented the Roloffs *honestly*, we would have seen Matt's vertigo issue very early in the season, before the Euro trip.

In reality, if we go by how events actually occured, season five should have ended with Matt's weird little triumph over the county and his praising the twins for managing to get the staff lunch all on their own, and only with one car accident. :)

If TLC asked for a multi year committment at the end of season five, which is what Anonymous 8:25 is saying, and the Roloffs compromised on two years.... why no season seven?

As it is, 20 new episodes and done? If thats true, then we're not getting much of a season six in comparison to years past. And if TLC did get a two year contract from the Roloffs and consider the show still profitable... why on earth would they let the Roloffs just decide to walk away?

I mean, we all remember the Gosselin debacle don't we? Where TLC totally went after Jon Gosselin to enforce the contract he signed?

Joanne said...

They cancel the Roloffs, but keep that trash gosselin going? TLC SUCKS.

Shadow said...

Sadly, I'm sure it's NOT over, at least in Matt's mind. I'm half expecting to see promos for "The Pumpkin Boss" or "Matt and Jeremy's Big Little Adventures." The man is pathologically and pathetically in need of constant attention (not to mention money).

Anonymous said...

I love Little People Big World and watch all of the repeats several times. Zach is my favorite and then Amy. After that, comes Jeremy & Molly. Matt ticks me off royally. Still, I don't want the show to be canceled. I watched the Gosselins for about 6 episodes and then gave up. Ditto the other little people show. So I hope another channel will pick Little People Big World up.

Anonymous said...

then hell with the Roloffs. They deserve to go away. No reruns either.