'Octomom:' The TV Special, Airs Aug. 19

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Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman takes her brood to the park. Credit: Jason Mitchell, FilmMagic

A new TV special on the life of "Octomom" Nadya Suleman is causing controversy before it even airs.

Suleman and her 14 children are the subject of a two-hour TV special called "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage," set to air on August 19 on the Fox network, according to the Associated Press. But the public won't need to wait for the special to heap more judgment on the infamous mom of multiples.

Following a judge's decision last month to assign Suleman's octuplets a lawyer to protect them against exploitation comes the announcement that Suleman was paid for the footage that appears in the special.

Fox is airing footage shot by RadarOnline, the company that paid Suleman, and acquired through Pilgrim Films & Entertainment, reports the AP. RadarOnline reportedly started filming Suleman in March. Although the controversial mom was not involved in the Fox deal, the network and Pilgrim Films & Entertainment set up a six-figure trust for the octuplets, who were born on January 16.

Further complicating the scenario, California's Labor Commission brought four citations against RadarOnline, including taping the infants for too long and too late at night.

A European production company made a deal to pay the octuplets approximately $250,000 over three years for a reality show that begins filming September 1. There is no set distributor for the series in the United States.

Fox folks have said they do not believe "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage" exploits the children because the footage already existed.

There is no doubt the public will weigh in on the issue. Feel free to continue the discussion here.

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Jason Mitchell, BuzzFoto / FilmMagic
Jason Mitchell, BuzzFoto / FilmMagic

Octuplets Gallery

    Octuplet mother Nadya Suleman underwent her second surgery in four days Monday that will make it unlikely that she will ever have more children, according to Radaronline.com. Suleman had benign muscular tumors removed from her uterine wall. The first surgery last week had to be suspended because of excessive bleeding.


    The Southern California single mother got a new tattoo April 24 for what she described as a tribute to her brood. The tattoo depicts a "pretty girl" angel, surrounded by 14 stars -- symbolizing her 14 children. "They're angels," Suleman said. "They all are miracles." Check out a video from Radaronline.com of her trip to the tattoo artist.


    In this April 13 photo, Suleman holds all eight of her babies for the public to see. Her decision to have so many babies sparked an outcry from many in the public who questioned her fitness to provide for them -- and the six children she already had. Critics also blasted doctors for fertilizing her with so many eggs.


    All eight babies, who were conceived through in vitro fertilization, were snuggled tightly in Suleman's arms as she named each of them. Jonah, who suffers from a cleft lip, was the last child to be brought home. Watch an exclusive video interview Suleman gave to RadarOnline.com.


    Jonah had the lowest birth weight of the octuplets, who were born Jan. 26. These photos show the babies before they left the hospital. Clockwise from top left are: Josiah, Makai, Jeremiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Noah, Maliyah and Isaiah. All share the middle name Angel. Suleman, who is now unemployed, has faced stinging criticism for having so many children on her own.

    NBC / Reuters

    Suleman told a magazine that she used money she earned working overtime as a psychiatric technician and part of an inheritance to pay for her early fertilization procedures. Her six other children were also conceived through in vitro fertilization. The sperm was donated by a man she knows but will not identify.

    Jason Mitchell, BuzzFoto / FilmMagic

    On March 30, the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center reported that 15 hospital workers were fired for looking at Suleman's medical records without authorization, and another eight disciplined. "To us this person is a patient who deserves the privacy that all our patients get," a spokesman said. Here, Suleman takes two of her older children to a video game store March 28.


    Suleman arrives home with the first two octuplets to leave the hospital on March 17. A few days later, she vowed to protect the identity of the man who is the father of her children. "I'm sorry for all this mess, and I hope he isn't scared it'll come out because it won't," Suleman said in a video posted on RadarOnline.com. "As far as I'm concerned, I'll never disclose who he is."

    Damian Dovarganes, AP

    This is the $564,900 home that the family lives in. Suleman said she's paying for it with money from "opportunities." It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large fenced-in backyard.

    Nick Ut, AP

    News of the new house came soon after Suleman, who's seen here visiting the infants at the hospital in early March, lost her second publicist. Victor Munoz said the mother of 14 "is nuts" and "got real greedy." Her first publicist's firm dropped her in February when it received threats.

    Courtesy www.radaronline.com

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