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A reality show starring "Octomom" Nadya Suleman and her 14 children has always seemed inevitable. But in this post-Jon and Kate era, what would that kind of show look like? In this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, writer John Bowe writes about his visit to the the Suleman house to watch the filming of OctoMom: Me & My Fourteen Kids. Here's what he learned:
- It's not a 24-hour reality show. Suleman insists that the cameras only be present for a few hours at a time, to give her kids some privacy.
- The older kids hated the film crew -- at first. Says cameraman Andy McLeod: “When we first came here, the kids hated us. They were shouting out the window: ‘Go away! Go away!’ They had already learned to hate the paparazzi. And we were the paparazzi. Now that we’ve been here a while longer, they like us.”
-- It's almost impossible to get all the kids in one shot. Or even multiple shots -- there's a painful-sounding story involving the babies being mounted to a set with Velcro.
-- Suleman says she's only doing the show for the money. "It’s a Catch-22. I’m damned if I do what I need to do with the media to support my kids, and I’m damned if I don’t. If I don’t, I can’t take care of them... I think 99 percent of people would have made the same decision.”
- The show could go on for a very, very long time. The VP of the production company talks about being inspired by the Up series, which followed the lives of a group of children through middle age. "What are these kids’ lives going to be like when they get older? When I started to look at the possibilities here, and spent some time with Nadya and the family, it started to feel really...important.”
- Nadya doesn't believe in happy endings. Here's how her bedtime version of Cinderella ends: "They learned about each other, they grew together, they fell in love instead of living happily ever after. They decided to get married and continued growing together as an obstetrician and a gynecologist. Nobody lives happily ever after, because that is extremely unrealistic.”
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