'Octomom' documentary: 'Viewers will react strongly,' says executive producer
A Fox executive promises their just-announced documentary on Nadya Suleman, aka “Octomom”, will show “everything, literally day and night” from her life, including her much-publicized transition from “miracle birth lady” to “tabloid fodder.” The two-hour Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage will air on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.
“It’s incredibly compelling,” Mike Darnell, Fox’s head of reality, told EW.com. “It will feel like you are inside her life.”
Executive produced by Craig Piligian (Dirty Jobs), the documentary will be culled together from seven months of previously unseen footage shot by Radar Online. The online company gained unprecedented access to Suleman and her children the day after the birth of the octuplets. The documentary is expected to show her financial struggles and the complications involved in parenting all 14 of her children on her own.
“The [camera crew] lived with her,” said Darnell. “They’ve been filming her since day one. Her mom is in it, so is her dad.” The exec adds that Fox “put aside a six-figure amount to benefit the kids.” (Suleman was compensated for the footage separately by Radar Online.)
Adds Piligian,“Viewers will react strongly. They’re going to have an opinion, one way or another. As a documentary, it gives you a straight forward approach to her life that’s compelling.”
The documentary is not associated with the reality show in the works from Eyeworks, a European company that made a deal with Suleman earlier this summer. Production on that show is expected to begin in a month. Darnell says there is enough footage from Radar Online to produce another documentary, but Fox has no plans to air a second one – for now.
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