"Octomom" footage to get primetime showcase on Fox

Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:32am EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox will air a two-hour documentary special on Nadya Suleman, "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage," on August 19.

The program draws from seven months of exclusive access to Suleman, starting with the birth of her octuplets in January.

Fox said viewers will "witness the emotional struggles, physical complications and financial burdens of this single mother of 14 ... including the private moments and reactions of Suleman's family, as well as Suleman's own feelings, doubts and fears."

Like her octuplets, the unmarried Suleman's six older children were conceived via in-vitro fertilization.

"It's emotional, it's compelling, you're watching her go from miracle birth woman to tabloid fodder," said Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell. "You don't even need narration, it's incredible footage. It's a little bit of a train wreck, and it's really entertaining to watch."

Fox's project shouldn't be confused with Suleman's previously announced U.K. reality show from producer Eyeworks. Despite generating national media headlines, that effort has not yet announced a U.S. distributor.

Although the controversial single mother has been the subject of enormous public interest, some networks have been wary of buying a Suleman project, fearing viewer backlash and advertiser squeamishness.

Darnell himself expressed no interest in an Octomom project when asked a few months ago.   Continued...