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Meet the fame-seeking family trying to hit the big time in 'Famous in 12'

Move over, Kardashians. There’s a new fame-seeking family in town, and starting next week, they will be pulling out all the stops to make us love them — or hate them. (I’m not sure they really care, as long as we know who they are.) Premiering June 3 on the The CW (8–9 p.m. ET), Famous in 12 is an unscripted series/social experiment that will follow one fame-hungry family around the clock for 12 weeks straight as they use their talents, their ambition and, of course, social media in the hopes of being catapulted into popularity. TMZ will be helping them out during their quest for superstardom, and I’ll be right here making sure you don’t miss a single, deliciously dirty detail of it all.

Let’s meet the Artiaga family from Beaumont, California, who have relocated to the City of Angels in hopes of hitting it big.

AngScreenshot 2014-05-29 09.16.30ie: Wife, mother, businesswoman, age 43
Angie is a writer of erotic fiction, and in her Twitter bio she tells us that she’s the first author who is bold and sexy enough to pose for the cover of her own novel. Way to be, Oprah. She hopes to one day top the New York Times bestseller list, and is committed to helping her family members achieve their own dreams.

Screenshot 2014-05-29 09.59.15Mike: Husband and father, age 33
Mike is a DJ who hopes to strike it big globally and tour the world as an internationally sought-after DJ (yeah, because that’s a thing). It’s unclear if Mike is the husband of Angie (I’m guessing he is). As for which of the rest of the family Mike has fathered, I can’t say for sure. Based on the ages, I can certainly assume, but I’m sticking with the rule of thumb for that word and don’t want to make an ass out of myself, so I’ll keep my mouth shut until I know for sure. However, due to the fact that Mike followed me and retweeted me on Twitter last week, he’s already my favorite.

Screenshot 2014-05-29 09.16.59Taliah: Eldest daughter, mother of 7-year-old Jordan, age 26
Taliah is a dancer who, according to her Twitter bio, is “a living, breathing doll and a divine work of art blended with an array of exotic colors.” (Sounds like Angie isn’t the only writer of erotic fiction in the family.) Taliah hopes not only to hit it big in the dancing world, but to one day open her own dance school (but I’m sure she’d settle for a judging gig on SYTYCD).

Jameelah: The family wild card, age 22Screenshot 2014-05-29 09.17.49
Jameelah has her heart set on becoming a top fashion model, and is described as the most flamboyant member of the Artiaga family. She’s a self-proclaimed diva who gives herself the title of “Miss Selfie Centered” on Twitter, followed by this quote (her motto?): “I love me, I love life, and I love you.” Looks like the writing gene stopped with Taliah.

Screenshot 2014-05-29 09.17.25Maariyah: Sweet and lovely, age 16
Considered the “quiet one” in the Artiaga family, 16-year-old Maariyah dreams of becoming an international pop star. Judging by the fact that she hadn’t written her overly descriptive Twitter bio as of this posting, she might be in danger of falling behind in this game. (And until she follows me, DJ Mike is still my fave.)


Mike, Jr.: The teenage son, age 15Screenshot 2014-05-29 09.15.54
Like I said, I’m not going to assume who the official father of the older girls is, but I think it’s safe to say that DJ Mike is the father of 15-year-old Mike, Jr., who loves to cook for his family and dreams of becoming a pastry chef. His path is a bit unclear, however, as his Twitter bio tells us he is a model and clothing designer. (Typical 15-year-old, wanting it all.) Whatever he is or wants to be, he’s adorable and I’m already rooting for him.

Screenshot 2014-05-29 09.15.32Aaminah: The preteen daughter, age 12
Like big sis Jameelah, 12-year-old (but looks like 18-year-old) Aaminah hopes to hit it big in the modeling world, and according to her Twitter bio, she’s already well on her way as a “pageant queen.” Pageants? Holy Honey Boo Boo, this show is going to be even better than I thought.

Dove: The youngest daughter, age 6
Dove is described as the “little darling of the family,” and looking at her little cherubic face in the family photo at the top of this post, I’ll have to agree. No word yet on Dove’s fame aspirations, but my fingers are crossed for a Little Miss Sunshine moment at some point over the next 12 weeks.

Jordan: Taliah’s son, age 7
Also off the charts in the cuteness factor is Jordan, who is described as having a “larger-than-life” personality. I’m not sure how much the littlest Artiagas will be featured in this 12-week social experiment, but in spite of their certain charm and precociousness, I’m hoping it’s not too much. We all know how that can turn out.


Grandpa Joel and Grandma Lina: Ages 60 and 63, respectively
I know I said I wouldn’t do it, but judging by the family photo up top, I’m going to assume Grandma Lina isn’t too thrilled with this whole social experiment. She’s described as being “unpredictable” and has her own aspirations as a fashion designer. She already has a head start from making all of Aaminah’s pageant outfits. I already love her.

Will the Artiagas find what they’re looking for? Who knows? But it’s certainly going to be fun to watch them try. Catch the season premiere of Famous in 12 on Tuesday, June 3, on The CW, and make sure to check back here on June 4 for my recap! Let the train wreck ride begin!


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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