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'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Is Unsatisfying for Both Reality and Nature Fans

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 15th 2010 12:10PM
Sarah Palin learns to rope climb in 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' on TLCBecause Sarah Palin is an executive producer of her new TLC reality show, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' viewers had to know going in that she was going to have editorial control of what we saw of her home and family life. What did that mean? No salaciousness, no controversies, and likely no sight of Levi Johnston.

No, what we were going to mostly see were cute vignettes of life in the Palin household interspersed with the former governor and her family "discovering" the natural wonders of their home state, complete with sweeping vistas and shots of the Palins saying "wow" a lot.

That's pretty much what we got with last night's premiere episode of the show, which runs for 8 weeks. The problem is that the show really is neither fish nor fowl, pun intended: it's a boring reality show that's not spectacular enough as a nature show to make up the difference.

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'Sarah Palin's Alaska': "Mama Grizzly" Palin Watches a Wild Bear Fight (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 15th 2010 3:45AM
'Sarah Palin's Alaska': 'Mama Grizzly' Palin Watches a Wild Bear Fight'Sarah Palin's Alaska' (Sun., 9PM ET on TLC) takes us to the northernmost state. On the premiere, Sarah dishes out some wisdom about protecting her "cubs" -- while confronting a real-life bear and its offspring.

Ms. Palin travels with husband Todd, daughter Piper and niece McKinley for some fishing on the Big Lake River. While floating on the river, the family encounters a group of brown bears. The bears fish, swim ... then, one bear starts fighting to protect her territory and her two cubs.

The rival bears growl, snarl and lash out as the babies scamper into the woods.

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Another 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Promo: Will You Watch?

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 9th 2010 4:45PM
'Sarah Palin's Alaska''Sarah Palin's Alaska' finally premieres Sunday night at 9PM ET, and TLC has released another sneak peek to whet our appetites.

It's more of the same -- Palin does outdoorsy things with her family and talks about her values -- but she's charming. On getting caught while boating with her kids and husband (some of which we saw in the last promo): "We're snagged, I'm thinkin' we're gonna be stuck there, the anchor is dropped, and there's a bear comin' towards us."

Aw shucks.

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News Roundup: 'Teen Mom' Gets a Spinoff, New 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Clip and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 20th 2010 6:30PM
Maci BookoutMTV is preparing a spin-off of its popular reality series 'Teen Mom.' The network has reportedly already set its cast and done some location shooting.

This should come as no surprise since 'Teen Mom,' itself a spin-off of '16 and Pregnant,' averaged 2.8 million viewers. And the show -- chronicling the lives of teen mothers Amber, Maci [at right], Catelynn and Farrah -- attracted close to 6 million to its finale. '16 and Pregnant,' which returns for a new season Oct. 26, averaged 3 million viewers.

According to the New York Post, the series will be separate from both shows, but feature cast members from both.

"We're always exploring new production ideas, but can't confirm anything at this time," an MTV spokeswoman told the Post.

In other TV news ...

Christopher Lloyd will guest star on 'Fringe.' The 'Back to the Future' star will play Walter's musical hero on an episode of the Fox drama airing early next year. [TV Guide]

Gwyneth Paltrow will perform at the 44th Annual CMA Awards in November on ABC. Paltrow will sing the title track to her film 'Country Song' with Vince Gill. [Hollywood Reporter]

Whitney Cummings is working on a sitcom at NBC. The comic has signed a deal that would see her writing, producing and starring in the romantic comedy project. [Vulture]

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TLC Unveils Trailer for 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 15th 2010 10:22AM
Sarah PalinWe know Sarah Palin, governor, and Sarah Palin, vice presidential candidate. Now, thanks to the new trailer for TLC's 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' we'll get to know Sarah Palin, mother and outdoorswoman.

The former Alaska governor's new TLC reality series, which premieres Sun., Nov. 14 at 9PM, documents Palin and her family enjoying their home state's pristine beauty. In this first look at the show, she extols the virtues of being outdoors in Alaska. "Oh gosh, we are somewhere that people dream about," she exclaims while hiking on a mountain.

She also makes her priorities clear: "Family comes first. It's just gotta be that way," she says. "I'd rather be doing this than in some stuffy political office. I'd rather be out here bein' free."

Watch the 30-second trailer, then let us know what you think.

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Now Levi Johnston Wants to Do a Show About Alaska Too

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 5:02PM
JohnstonIf you had told me a few years ago that in 2010 we were going to have not one but two reality shows about Alaska on the air, one hosted by a former candidate for Vice President and the other hosted by her Playgirl-posing almost-son-in-law, I probably would have told you that you're drinking way too much Yoo-Hoo. But it's happening!

True, Sarah Palin's show for TLC is more of a documentary, but 'Levi Johnston's Final Frontier' is being described by one of the producers as "'Jersey Shore' on ice," which conjures up a lot of really bad images, one of them being Disney characters with rock hard abs skating around drunk and punching each other.

Johnston doesn't have a network for his reality show yet (it could land on MTV), but I'm going to go ahead and assume it's not going to be on PBS or The History Channel.

[via TV Tattle]

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It's Official: Sarah Palin's Going to TLC

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 25th 2010 11:10AM
sarah_palin_outdoorsWell, the deal is done. Sarah Palin's next line on her resume, the one after Vice Presidential candidate and Governor of the State of Alaska, will be television host. The former politico has teamed with reality TV producer Mark Burnett and they've sold a travel show. Discovery's TLC will air 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' a show about the state and why it's such a great place to live and/or visit. Sarah Palin will be the tour guide and 'proud daughter' of the territory, showing off the mountains, lakes, streams and vistas of the 49th state.

As Joel pointed out the other day, this new show is a good move for Palin as well as Discovery. The numbers she'll need to pull for TLC are in the low millions, so that should be do-able considering her appeal to a large segment of the public. Especially that segment that likes her without taking an interest in her political opinions. This show will have no politics. It's going to be like a movie from the Alaska Convention and Visitor's Bureau. You know, "Come to Alaska, experience the wild life and feel the chill." (Hmm ... maybe I should trademark that?)

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'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Headed to TLC

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 25th 2010 10:22AM
Sarah Palin's Alaska'Sarah Palin's Alaska' has found a home.

According to Discovery, the eight-part travelogue will air on TLC, with an official launch date yet to be announced. The show will reportedly reveal "Alaska's powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state's proudest daughters," aka Palin.

Mark Burnett of 'Survivor' fame will produce the series, which was previously shopped at a number of networks, including A&E.

For more on this story, visit PopEater.

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Four Reasons Why Sarah Palin and Discovery Are a Good Fit

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2010 3:06PM
Sarah Palin at book signing for Yesterday, we found out from James Hibberd at THR's Live Feed that Discovery Communications has won the bidding to air an Alaskan travelogue program hosted by former governor Sarah Palin, and today, it was revealed that it will officially air on TLC. 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' which will be produced by Mark Burnett, is going to be a pricey proposition for Discovery; Gov. Palin was asking for $1.2 million per episode, according to Hibberd.

But it's going to be worth it. Whatever you may think of her politics, Palin is a network programmer's dream. In fact, Palin and Discovery seem to be a pretty good pairing, for a number of reasons:

1. Palin is charming and has a good screen presence. The big reason why she was so popular during the 2008 presidential campaign was that she connected with a lot of people who were outside the usual Republican base: mothers, parents of kids with special needs, and others. She was folksy and chatty, and she was able to connect with her audiences despite whatever flaws she had in the policy knowledge department.

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Discovery Can See 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' From Its Porch

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:30AM
Ever wonder what you can actually see from former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's porch? Well, thanks to Discovery, you're about to find out.

It's not quite official yet, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, it appears that a deal is imminent between Discovery and Palin for the controversial conservative star's new reality series, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' a travelogue exploring the natural wonders of our nation's largest state. Palin, Alaska's ex-governor, would act as host.

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A&E, Discovery May Head to 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 19th 2010 11:00AM
Sarah Palin's new reality series may wind up on cable.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Discovery is among the networks vying for the rights to Palin's latest TV project, a reality show that would double as a tourist brochure for our nation's largest state. The premise involves Palin acting as a tour guide to some of Alaska's most remote and scenic historical and natural treasures.

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