Balloon Boy Family Plans 'Big Announcement'

Heenes have tried twice to get a reality show going
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2009 12:09 PM CDT
Media gather at the front door of the home of Richard and Mayumi Heene in Fort Collins, Colo., Friday.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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(Newser) – With skeptics in full throat, the balloon boy family promised a "big announcement" today. "I'd like to speak to everybody about a few things," dad Richard Heene said this morning. He scheduled a 1pm news conference, then postponed it til later in the day after soliciting reporters' questions in a box. "Absolutely no hoax," he said. So who knows, maybe the announcement of a reality show? The family has tried twice before to get one going, reports the Denver Post.

"They did approach us months ago to do a show, and we passed," a TLC spokeswoman tells the newspaper. The family also worked with the company that makes Wife Swap, on which they appeared twice, to create a show that focused just on them. "At one point in time, we had a show in development with the Heenes," says an RDF Media spokeswoman. "We are no longer in active development with the family."