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Heene Family's Reality Is TV

10/16/2009 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE 2:20 PM ET -- A TLC official tells TMZ the Heene family approached the network "months ago" with a reality show idea, but the network passed.

TMZ has learned the Heene family has been pitching a reality show about the wacky family, as one TV source put it, "all over town."

Heene Family
We're told Richard Heene pitched a series to Relativity Real, as well as RDF Productions. RDF produces "Wife Swap," on which the family appeared back in March.

We're also told the Heene's have made the rounds at the networks, including TLC. Of course, TLC produced "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

So is balloon boy the ultimate reality show pitch?

Stay tuned...

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61.

why?    

The whole nation got "punked". Wow, when you think about it...it is funny as sh$$!

1779 days ago
62.

Simone    

Probably not, tasha.

1779 days ago
63.

Simone    

Saying "FIRST" isn't commenting on the story, and my evil twin does that every freaking day. She is a sad, sad case. She's not seeing it either.

1779 days ago
64.

Right back at ya    

If this turns-out to be a publicity stunt, the Mother and Father should foot the bill of cost for all agencies involved with the search for this kid.

1779 days ago
65.

Simone    

I barely comment at all, until I see what a twit she truly is. A twit that needed to be exposed. I'm doing something about it, at least.

1779 days ago
66.

jlove    

These people are complete idiots. I saw them on Wife Swap and was appalled by their bad behavior. I hope they are billed for the emergency services by their "stunt" yesterday. Complete waste of time when people truly need emergency help. This family disgusts me.

1779 days ago
67.

maria    

have the times become that desparate!!! hopefully someone has the good sense to realize this is not reality show material from this family!!!!

1779 days ago
68.

cb    

HE SHOULD GO TO JAIL !!!!!!!!

PAY A HUGE !!!!! FINE AND PAY BACK ANY PERSON, ORGANIZATION, PLACE AND/OR THING FOR ALL THE MONEY !!!!, TIME, EFFORT, GAS AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE PURSUIT OF THAT PSYCHO HEADS KID SUPPOSEDLY IN THE STUPID BALLON.

ANOTHER PERSON IN THE WORLD WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO REPRODUCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE SHOULD NOT BE ONE SECOND OF MEDIA COVERAGE FOR HIM AND THAT DUMB "A**" WIFE.

THEY BOTH NEED REAL FULL TIME JOBS AT A REAL COMPANY/ORGANIZATION NOW !!!!!!!!!!!

SAME GOES FOR THOSE OTHER TWO "A** HOLES - J & K, DO NOT EVEN WANT TO SAY THEIR NAMES. SICK OF HEARING ABOUT THEM AND THE 8 KIDS THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO HAVE.

1779 days ago
69.

pollynoo    

Look at all the douchebags pulling the 'The nation got punked!! That was cool!!'

All these a-holes are stooges for a family that should be put in jail, at a minimum. Better yet, they should go visit Jim Jones.

Yeah, real creative mom and dad.

1779 days ago
70.

MsSuburbia    

Gramma check, TMZ. Take the apostrophes out of "Heenes" please; they're plurals, not possessives. Your staff really needs an English 101 class.

Thank you. Carry on.

1779 days ago
71.

They were in it for the money    

Naw...They deserve to be in family counseling or something. The discription of this 100000 watts of electricity is totally absurd! how could anyone get 5 feet to it without being electrocuted? It ran on helium and 2 C batteries for pitys sake! I am wondering how the heck it landed so close to all them people in that field? Listen to the words people! So outrageous ! They need to have a little eval going on in that family ! I couldn't watch this family for 10 more minutes. They made me squirm in my seat with all those faces, coughing, attitude and lying. no........Don't even sign them for a jiffy Pop commercial! I bet this man was born close to either Roslyn or area 51.

1779 days ago
72.

Lee    

Honestly.......WHO CARES?

1779 days ago
73.

Sas    

Trailer trash family!

1779 days ago
74.

Sherry    

Like anybody can believe anything TLC has to say. They are just a bunch of bottom feeders.

1779 days ago
75.

Houston    

I really hope this boring and pathetic family gains nothing from this.

1779 days ago
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