TLC considering octuplets show to add to its three large family series

TLC already airs Jon & Kate Plus 8 and 17 Kids and Counting, and next month will debut Table for Twelve, which features a family with sextuplets and two sets of twins. Jon and Kate give the network its highest ratings, and the controversy doesn’t hurt. So why not a family with 14 kids?

Nadya Suleman, the woman who has six children and just gave birth to octuplets, is “fielding multiple offers to star in her own reality series, appear in a film documentary, or write her own book,” Entertainment Weekly reports. One of her two–two!–publicists, Michael Furtney, said, “People who made the offers are very serious. As soon as we can get Nadya to sit down and focus on them, she will certainly take advantage of them.”

The magazine reports that TLC’s president “confirms that several production companies affiliated with the network have contacted Suleman.” TLC president Eileen O’Neill told EW, “We’re certainly watching [Suleman's] story unfold. 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?”

O’Neill said the network’s “audience is pretty vocal. 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.”

Octuplets: TV and movie ‘offers are serious,’ says mom’s publicist [Entertainment Weekly]

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