Radar Online, which has led a shaky four-year existence since it emerged out of a lively print publication that failed (twice), may finally have found its calling -- as a producer of provocative TV news specials. Now a unit of American Media, which publishes the two leading U.S. tabloids, the National Enquirer and Star, Radar Online has put together a two-hour special about Nadya Suleman, the so-called Octomom, that it claims will be "jaw dropping." Fox plans to air it on August 19. "The access they got is amazing," Mike Darnell, Fox's head of alternative programming, told the Chicago Tribune. "They basically lived with her." Was she paid? Darnell said that although "we are not legally obligated," an account "in the six figures" was set up for Suleman's kids. In its report about the special, the New York Times commented that it "could reignite debate over the well-being of the children and the news media frenzy that surrounded their births."

12/08/2009