WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — Now that TLC has officially cancelled 19 Kids and Counting, a religion-based reality show starring the Duggar family, today Fox Entertainment issued a press release to announce it will produce a Duggar-like reality show based on escapades of an all-American African-American family.
In the press release, the company said the show will closely follow themes of the original TLC series, which began in 2008 as 17 Kids and Counting. Casting calls will be conducted in major metropolitan areas by early 2016. The press release reveals proposed characters and hints at possible storylines.
Fox’s Proposed Agenda For Black Family Reality Show
- Resident of a large urban metropolis
- Live in a gritty neighborhood
- Single momma with minimum 9 kids
- Minimum 7 kids with different baby daddies
- Youngest kid must be an infant
- Kids with ethnic-sounding names, like Lakaydra, Wykeshana, Dont’A
- Momma must be actively dating
- Minimum 1 baby daddy residing in the apartment
- Several baby daddies must drop by occasionally
- Cantankerous, unruly kids — like the Bébé’s Kids show from the 1990s
- Neighbors include at least 2 baby-momma families
- Several neighbors engaged in some level of criminality or are unemployed
Jane Whyte, a Fox Entertainment publicist, said the network is excited to add “another wholesome, All-American show to our already stellar lineup of good, clean, fun, and responsible programming.” Responding in an email, Ms. Whyte said plans so far are “extremely fluid right now.”
“But baby-daddy roles are very flexible, and we plan to have several baby daddies involved to create real-life, big-city drama. They don’t have to be actively involved with the family, but we would expect them to drop by every now and then to create action, perhaps several at the same time would provide exciting drama. Our overall goal is for the show to be a celebration of contemporary black family life in America.”
According to the press release, the working title for the show is 13 Baby Daddies and Countin’. Initial casting calls are planned for Chicago; Detroit; Oakland; Camden, New Jersey; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Baltimore; Cleveland; and St. Louis.
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