Here I was thinking that Hollywood gave up on a TV show for Nadya Suleman – that is, until a new report surfaced that she was close to signing a deal with some unidentified production company that would help her share her (sad) tale with America. Even though TLC – the gold standard when it comes to televising supersized families – made it abundantly clear that it had no intention of developing a show with Suleman, I’m not surprised that the now infamous mother of multiples would continue to pursue her own program. For one, she clearly likes the attention (jeez, is she on contract with Dr. Phil now?) and that massive brood of hers is not going to feed itself. Like Jon and Kate Gosselin felt, I’m sure, a reality show that helps to pay the bills is certainly a better alternative to, say, public assistance (or, even worse, living with your mother).
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s one thing to find a production company that’s willing to film Suleman 24/7; it’s another to find a network eager to air what is sure to be a polarizing program. TLC fans weren’t shy to bombard the network’s message boards with warnings that they would boycott the channel if it picked up an Octomom show. A U.S. network (like WE, maybe?) has got to be pretty hungry for attention if it decides to pick up a show about a strange single mother. Frankly, I don’t think any domestic cabler would be willing to take the risk, which is why I’m thinking Octomom’s producers – whoever they may be – will end up peddling the show overseas. But hey, some of the U.S. cable nets have surprised us before.
What do you think? Do you think Octomom has plenty of fans…in Bangladesh? Or do you think the show will stay Stateside?