TLC confirms potential interest in octuplet mother reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/16/2009
Nadya Suleman and her 14 controversial kids may be getting their own Jon & Kate Plus 8-like reality series.
TLC president Eileen O'Neill has confirmed several production companies affiliated with the network have contacted the 33-year-old Californian -- who gave birth to octuplets last month -- about the possibility of developing a reality series, Entertainment Weeklyreported Wednesday.
"We're certainly watching [Suleman's] story unfold," O'Neill told EW. "There are a lot of decisions that go into greenlighting a family for any of our shows. What kind of characters are they? How would they come across on TV?"
Suleman's story has received a lot of media attention and public scrutiny since she already had six other children under the age of 7 before having the the octuplets. All of her children were conceived via in vitro treatments and Suleman also receives food stamps.
TLC viewers have apparently been vocal on the network's website about boycotting any show that might feature the large family.
"Our audience is pretty vocal," O'Neill told EW. "There is a [waiting] period here to see if there's something that we as a network feel makes good sense. There are so many things going on in that woman's life right now -- we're all waiting to see what happens next."
TLC seems like the obvious network for any project involving Suleman since it is already home to both Jon & Kate Plus 8 and 17 Kids and Counting. The network also expected to premiere Table for Twelve -- another reality series about a New Jersey couple with sextuplets and two sets of twins -- sometime next month.
In addition to shopping the reality series, Suleman is also reportedly fielding offers to appear in a film documentary or write her own book.
"People who made the offers are very serious," Suleman publicist Michael Furtney told EW. "As soon as we can get Nadya to sit down and focus on them, she will certainly take advantage of them."