Mother of rescued teenage sailor says no plans for reality show about family
Plans for a reality show about the family of a California teenager who was rescued during an around-the-world solo sailing voyage were nixed before 16-year-old Abby Sunderland’s journey began, Abby’s mother told the AP on Monday. Marianne Sunderland of Thousand Oaks, Calif., noted that the family will not exploit their recent foray into the headlines. “There is no reality TV show, there’s no documentary that’s going to be made, there’s no book deal,” Sunderland said in an interview with the AP. Marianne also insisted that a New York Post report on Monday, in which Abby’s father, Laurence, said that he had inked a deal for a reality show in the weeks after his daughter commenced her sailing expedition in January, was inaccurate. Marianne did say that the Sunderlands agreed to allow the Santa Monica-based production company Magnetic Entertainment to shop a reality show about them (Abby’s older brother, Zac, held the record as the youngest person to sail around the globe by himself), but Magnetic Entertainment never found a home for the proposed series, and the family reacquired the story rights.