I was glad to hear about Ann Curry’s upcoming NBC News interview of Nadya Suleman, the single mother who gave birth to octuplets last week, adding to her already large brood of six. After more than a week of intense speculation, criticism, and the expected movie, book, and TV offers, the only voice who can really add anything to this conversation now is the mom herself. What started off as the usual heart-warming tale of an incredible birth, quickly turned…kind of weird. When Suleman’s own mother told the L.A. Times that her daughter "is not evil, but she is obsessed with children. She loves children, she is very good with children, but obviously she overdid herself," we officially left the realm of feel-good-parenting story of the year.
I hope Suleman (pictured) provides some insights. And honestly, I even hope she makes a ton of money off this ordeal — whatever your opinion, those kids are going need it. I’m left wondering, though, if a reality show about Suleman could ever really work. We’ve definitely been entertained by that other real-life multi-birth saga, Jon & Kate Plus 8. But Suleman just made the ”miracle of many births” narrative much messier.
So was this just a matter of being obsessed with children, or was she lobbying for a reality show from day one? It seems inevitable that this will eventually lead to a book deal (with movie rights sealed shortly thereafter, of course). But from what we’ve seen so far from the publicist-hiring, highly stylized new mom, she is looking for screen time herself. So what, a talk show? A talking head on TV? What say you PopWatchers? What’s the multiple mom’s new career going to be? And would you watch, or are you holding your breath until it all just goes away?