Article Courtesy of People.com
Nadya Suleman will probably sign a deal very soon to feature her and her family of 14 children in a reality TV show, sources tell PEOPLE exclusively.
Those close to Suleman say she and her attorney, Jeffery Czech, met over the past week with four production companies and are due to meet in the next few days with executives at an undisclosed network.
Czech confirms that he and Suleman have conferred with producers to hear their ideas – and that although Suleman is tired of TV cameras and protective of her children’s privacy, she also wants to ensure she has enough money to care for them without public assistance.
Suleman has admittedly been on food stamps in the past, and told the Whittier Daily News this week that she was considering applying for federal WIC aid. Czech says Suleman doesn’t have health insurance and that all medical costs associated with delivering the octuplets on Jan. 26 were funded by taxpayers through state Medi-Cal.
“There’s some decisions for her to make over the next few days. I think she’s heard enough,” Czech tells PEOPLE. “Like anyone else, she wants to be portrayed in a positive light and she feels she needs to do something to get her side out.”
He says the ideas they’ve heard are similar – producers want to follow the same pattern of other reality shows, with episodes chronicling such themes as Suleman learning to drive a 14-passenger van, going on a date or having a big family Thanksgiving or Christmas.
He says that although a deal could be signed within the next couple of weeks, production would not start until the babies are a little older. So far, seven of the eight octuplets have come home, and Suleman goes to the hospital every day to visit Jonah, who at 4 lbs., 6 oz., is still too small to be released.
“For the most part, the idea is generally to follow her and her family around when the babies get a little older,” Czech says, adding that the amount of money Suleman would earn, and how long the show runs for, would depend upon the ratings.
Says she is protective of her children’s privacy, but wants to ensure she has enough money for them.