TLC cast her 14-person family in its reality empire. Behind the scenes, it was ‘life and death’ for the entire family as they worked to survive the show
The mother of all castings, the first-ever mother-daughter duo and the first-ever mother-son duo, the TLC casting team made its way to New York’s Rockefeller Center for just a few hours but its castings lasted months and involved hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It was a process that was both daunting and nerve-wracking – especially for the mothers – who were asked to bring along their children so the children would get a better idea of the drama. The mothers were sent on a bus to the city; as they were being driven across the state to go to New York, they got on the bus because it would take their kids the same time.
By the time they got to New York, the mothers and the casting team were exhausted. After a few weeks, the team had to take a break so that the mothers could take the children to the city to see the filming of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’.
The whole family was packed into a van, but when the mothers were pushed out of the van the cast members pulled them to safety – while carrying the babies and the children inside the cab to the filming site.
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The mother of two and the mother of six, who was seven months pregnant at the time, said that the whole experience was ‘life and death’ as they were being dragged from city to city across the states.
They were in Texas when TLC called and told