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Octuplets: TV and movie 'offers are serious,' says mom's publicist

NBC may have been the first network to feature America’s most famous new mother, but don’t expect it to be the last. A spokesman for Nadya Suleman – the 33-year-old Californian who gave birth to octuplets in January – says she’s fielding multiple offers to star in her own reality series, appear in a film documentary, or write her own book. (Suleman has six other children, all under the age of 7.) “People who made the offers are very serious,” stresses Michael Furtney, one of two publicists who began representing Suleman before her recent interviews on Today and Dateline. “As soon as we can get Nadya to sit down and focus on them, she will certainly take advantage of them.”

If it’s a TV show Suleman wants, TLC seems like an obvious destination. Home to reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8 and 17 Kids and Counting, the cable network is building its brand on the public obsession with supersize families. (Look for Table for Twelve, about a New Jersey couple with sextuplets and two sets of twins, to bow next month.) “We’re certainly watching [Suleman’s] story unfold,” says TLC president Eileen O’Neill, who confirms that several production companies affiliated with the network have contacted Suleman. “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?”

Some TLC fans don’t seem eager to find out; plenty have already flooded the network’s website with threats to boycott any show that might feature Suleman and her 14 children. (Typical post: “I beg you not to support anything this woman has done or will do.”) Public sentiment for the woman dubbed “Octomom” has run the gamut from total fascination to outright disgust. According to People magazine, even Suleman’s mother, Angela – who’s been caring for her daughter’s other children – is losing patience with her, and says she’s “leaving” once Suleman returns. All of this means any network, publisher, or studio will have serious issues to consider before going into business with Suleman. “Our audience is pretty vocal,” admits O’Neill. “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.”

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