The ever-growing medium of reality TV has a biggest flaw of making celebrities out of people with no talent whatsoever, and while they may not be in the league of Paris Hilton or the Honey Boo Boo family, the children of late pop superstar Michael Jackson could become additions to the list and add to their reputation of ‘famous for being famous’.
A range of networks are believed to be bidding for a format that would ‘follow the lives’ of Jackson’s 16-year old son Prince Michael, 15-year-old daughter Paris, and 10-year-old son Blanket, with their aunt LaToya Jackson headlining the series, according to The New York Post. In the current lead in this rights sale is thought to be OWN (the network owned and operated by talkshow veteran Oprah Winfrey) with $10m.
A source of the family noted that the project was the idea of LaToya, who will also plan to take an executive producer’s role, having been given the green light by family matriarch (and the children’s grandmother/guardian) Katherine Jackson for the plan to thrust the famously-sheltered youngsters into the spotlight.
The source noted: “Toya’s working it. It’s because [Katherine] can’t say no to her. She told them [the children] how she knew [Michael] better than anybody else, and she knew he’d want them to follow their dreams; and because they were his children, they could be media and entertainment moguls. She had a blueprint. She sold it, and they bought it.”
All three kids are represented by LaToya’s talent agency Ja-Tail Enterprises (despite not yet having publicly revealed much of their ‘talents’), who will take 15% commission on any appearances they have or will make. This has already included Prince Michael’s work as an Entertainment Tonight correspondent and an upcoming acting debut on The CW drama 90210 (including its final episode in May), and Paris’ undisclosed film debut which will begin filming later this year.
However, it seems as though being ‘themselves’ is the easiest way to keep a status of celebrity these days, with networks such as OWN presumably paying so much for the name alone until the unlikely time when the three will be able to do something away from their father’s shadow. A word of warning to the new Jackson celebrities, though – try not to end up like other musician’s kids who have made their own ‘fame’ in reality TV…