The production makes it seem as if this is new to the Jacobsons, but I am quite sure that the Marietta, GA family were the subjects of a similar project seven years ago on ABC-TV, and perhaps even appeared on Oprah.
The docu-series is produced by Sunset Gower Studio’s “Off The Fence”, Michael Lang (ex-MTV’er), Ellen Windemuth (OTF founder in Amsterdam), Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner, Betsy Forhan and Dave Sirulnick. Wendy Kramer, the founder of the Donor Sibling Registry – which helps internet savvy kids find their half siblings – and the author of “Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families” figuratively lent her DNA to the production.
In Episode 2, Bree visits Jesse Bogdan, 18, a bass player from the Boston suburbs (and I think a member of Shir Tikva). He is from a family of awkward huggers (how about a bro-hug). She also ventures to Ventura County in Southern California to meet Jesse and Jayme Clapoff. Jesse and Jayme, like Jonah and Hilt love sushi and bite their nails (but so do millions of other teens). Jesse and Jayme are the twin children of Janis Clapoff (active in the Jewish communities of Maui and Santa Barbara). Later in the series, Bree probably meets Paige Chaifetz and Maddison Brown. While in Boston she also meets an older and wiser half-brother who tells her that her quest is immoral and the donor should be allowed to remain anonymous.
Will Bree find the anonymous donor (a 6’0″ sporty Jewish Californian Trekkie architect fencer who probably has a mick jagger lower lip)? Will the donor’s rights to remain anonymous win out? Will finding him be a positive influence in Bree’s life and the lives of her half siblings? With so many Jewish half-siblings, will Bree remember the name of the Saabbaath? Will the producers find greater success after this project? Will there be a Real World series of a house made up entirely of half-siblings and their donor? I will watch and let you know.