Discovery Communications and A&E both showed interest in airing “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” but Discovery won the fight and will air the $1 million-per-episode show. That’s right. Discovery, the same channel that just premiered the groundbreaking series “Life” will air a reality show with Sarah Palin as the guide.
The show is said to be a travelogue show that will “center on interesting characters, traditions and attractions in the 49th state.”
After her stint on The Tonight Show, where her only entertaining moments occurred when she was making fun of herself, I wonder what lengths Palin will go to make “Alaska” a show worth watching.
They could probably just air her pitch for the series and entertain me. I can only imagine that there was a helicopter ride involving network bigwigs, with Sarah Palin yelling over the propellers:
“See, Alaska is top-notch! Oh, look! That’s where I shot my first wolf! And that field is where I first thought up the ‘Drill, baby, drill!’ slogan! Yuk, yuk, yuk!”
But that’s most likely what the show will be like anyway.
With “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett on her team, it’s a wonder that CBS and NBC declined their homeboy Burnett’s idea. Maybe the execs realized that Palin’s presence on this show is going to open a huge can of worms. A political figure hosting a reality TV show? Maybe America’s founding fathers should have drawn the line between state and idolatry too, because this is getting ridiculous.
While I’m sure that even an idiot could make the Alaskan bush look like the wondrous natural beauty it is, I am not sure that this is the best move for Discovery. Maybe they’re figuring that the ratings of fanatical Repubs and people who love to watch Sarah Palin fail will be enough to keep the ship afloat.
What do you think about Discovery’s latest move? Will you watch “Sarah Palin’s Alaska?”