Palin about to close deal on travelogue show for Discovery

posted at 2:40 pm on March 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Three weeks ago, Allahpundit wrote that the media got pretty excited over reports that Sarah Palin had shopped a proposal for a reality-TV series around Los Angeles.  Unfortunately for Palin’s critics, it wasn’t a “reality show” at all, but a standard travelogue program focusing on Alaska with Palin as its guide.  Washington Post TV critic Lisa DeMoraes reports today that the deal seems done, but pines for an Osbournes-like disaster instead:

After trying unsuccessfully to sell to the broadcast networks a travelogue series about Alaska that would feature none other than SARAH PALIN, reality-TV king Mark Burnett appears to be in negotiations with Discovery Communications about placing the Palin “reality series” there.

Discovery is expected to announce soon that it’s getting into bed with the former Alaska governor for this limited-run series.

Earlier this month, Burnett, best known for executive-producing CBS’s “Survivor” and NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” shopped the show around in Los Angeles, with Palin, to the broadcast networks for a reported price of about $1 million an episode, which is a lot of lettuce for a salmon-fishing and moose-skinning travelogue.

The broadcast networks appear to have passed because the show is not called “The Palins,” and it is not about Palin, her unwed daughter Bristol and baby Tripp, her potshot-taking nearly son-in-law Levi, her hot-looking husband Todd, and her baby with Down syndrome whom we all fell in love with during the 2008 presidential race, Trig.

“If it was ‘The Osbournes,’ and they were going to follow [Palin's] family, then it would be interesting,” one broadcast exec said, sadly, as if mourning what might have been.

No, Palin was not about to create a reality show that would have endorsed every potshot her critics aimed at her through her family in 2008 and afterward.  In fact, this is only a “reality” show in the sense that documentaries are “reality movies,” Michael Moore’s entries notwithstanding.  Travelogues have a long and worthy history on television, and Discovery has some of the best, although the National Geographic channel has more claim to the market.

Will the Palin travelogue of Alaska be worth the reported asking price of $1 million per episode, assuming the show gets that price?  Probably.  Discovery will gain some attention for the sheer novelty of having a former national candidate conduct a tour of her home state.  Most Americans are unfamiliar with Alaska, and such a show would tend to close a cultural gap as well as a geographic one. I’d bet that Discovery is eyeing the potential DVD sales, too.

For Palin, the calculus is more obvious.  She gets to front a non-political, non-threatening series, presumably high caliber, that will increase her stature in a positive manner.  She’ll make money from the venture, obviously, although not as much as writing another book would bring.  More importantly, the project will help to make people more comfortable with Palin, although it may also increase criticism of Palin for pursuing celebrity rather than policy.  The prestige factor of creating this project with Discovery will limit that kind of criticism, however, as Discovery hardly falls into the same category as Spike TV.


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that is right.. you like Ron Paul.

Oy vey. I give up.

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Really? Some examples would be nice.
Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

How about yours truly?

On this thread, for example, all I see from the Palin haters is that she’s “stupid”, etc. Yet these people don’t then also trash O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

That’s because this thread isn’t about Obama.

And frankly that man is such a moron the jokes practically write themselves.

Dark-Star on March 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Has listening to Rush Lamebaugh so fried your brain you are incapable of distinguishing sarcasm without the /s ? Geez, get a clue you windup Palinbot!

Dark-Star on March 24, 2010 at 5:29 PM

morons like you who come into a room like this and wonder why you get pounced on should take into consideration you will be put into a corner for being a MORON!

Bugger off and suck my left toe… porkchop.

upinak on March 24, 2010 at 5:31 PM

You first, I insist.

robertnyc212 on March 24, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Translation:

I know you are, but what am I…..
I know you are, but what am I…..
I know you are, but what am I…..
I know you are, but what am I…..

You have become tiring.

You may leave.

portlandon on March 24, 2010 at 5:32 PM

You need better material, kid.

Thank you! But I’m not your problem. I’m just one anonymous commenter on a message board. Palin has to convince independents why she left the governorship half-way through her first time, to … what? Sell books? Star on a TV show and be a Fox News pundit?

Many politicians run for higher office while still in another elected office. That’s not “quitting.” The Democrats you mentioned did that. But so did George W. Bush. So did most members of the Senate.

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Palin has to convince independents why she left the governorship half-way through her first time, to … what? Sell books? Star on a TV show and be a Fox News pundit?

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Maybe she can bill herself as a pure capitalist? Left her job for a better-paying one that she can’t be ‘fired’ from?

Dark-Star on March 24, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Palin has to convince independents why she left the governorship half-way through her first time, to … what? Sell books? Star on a TV show and be a Fox News pundit?

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM

She & we have explained it hundreds, if not thousands of times: she resigned due to the unending stream of ethics charges being made against her by Obama operatives.
They were bankrupting her personally, as well as the state of AK and made it impossible for her to govern.
While I believe she’d already contracted to write at least 1 book even before she resigned, the TV stuff came later.
As for the money, is it her fault that she’s popular?

Jenfidel on March 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Maybe she can bill herself as a pure capitalist? Left her job for a better-paying one that she can’t be ‘fired’ from?

Dark-Star on March 24, 2010 at 5:46 PM

She wasn’t fired: she resigned.
And she was still quite popular with the people of AK when she did so, as well as having an excellent record of accomplishment.

Jenfidel on March 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Branch Rickey on March 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

That little ‘getting into bed’ line caught my attention, too.

Just another sexist attack by the WaPo.

The left really can’t stand a Republican woman being a beautiful, smart, well spoken, pro-life Christian role model for young women. They will trash her with every little innuendo and blatant smear they can conjure.

We have some RINO’s and liberal trolls in here who also dance to the Palin bashing tune the liberals constantly whistle.

Mr Purple on March 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Palin has to convince independents why she left the governorship half-way through her first time, to … what? Sell books? Star on a TV show and be a Fox News pundit?

And to write Facebook Notes about “death panels” that helped derail Obamacare for 7 months.

And to write WSJ and USA Today Op Eds on Cap and Trade that merited responses from John Kerry and Sen. Markey.

And to campaign for conservative candidates.

And to fundraise and publicize conservative candidates and charitable causes (prolife, Special needs, veterans causes).

[Incidentally, are you doing even half of that?]

Many politicians run for higher office while still in another elected office. That’s not “quitting.” The Democrats you mentioned did that. But so did George W. Bush. So did most members of the Senate.

That doesn’t make it right.

It should be abolished as a practice. Politicians should absolutely have to step down from current positions if they want to run for a higher one. That was one honorable thing that Bob Dole did.

It is absolutely unfair for politicians to take my dollar to get themselves another job.

What private employer would EVER let you take a paycheck for working on your resume, going on interviews, taking phone calls, and otherwise spending your days getting another job?

“They all do it,” is not a reasonable response. They should all STOP doing it.

hrh40 on March 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

You may leave.

portlandon on March 24, 2010 at 5:32 PM

You first, I insist.

robertnyc212 on March 24, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Hey, the Huell Houser of Alaska. Go Sarah.

highninside on March 24, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I hope there a lot of polar bears in it!

kringeesmom on March 24, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Its a reality show. It is being made by the most famous reality show guy. Its not just going to be some Travel Channel-like show. Just face it. She isn’t running.

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM

You first, I insist.

robertnyc212 on March 24, 2010 at 6:08 PM

No,really. You first.
We all insist.

Jenfidel on March 24, 2010 at 6:22 PM

She isn’t running.

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Where do you get that?

Are you a confidante of Sarah’s or what?

Jenfidel on March 24, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Many politicians run for higher office while still in another elected office. That’s not “quitting.” The Democrats you mentioned did that. But so did George W. Bush. So did most members of the Senate.
That doesn’t make it right.

It should be abolished as a practice. Politicians should absolutely have to step down from current positions if they want to run for a higher one. That was one honorable thing that Bob Dole did.

It is absolutely unfair for politicians to take my dollar to get themselves another job.

What private employer would EVER let you take a paycheck for working on your resume, going on interviews, taking phone calls, and otherwise spending your days getting another job?

“They all do it,” is not a reasonable response. They should all STOP doing it.

hrh40 on March 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Maybe it should be abolished but you Palinites sound silly bringing it up after George Bush did the exact same thing and John McCain would have if he won. Bob Dole probably wanted to retire from the Senate anyway and the Presidential race just gave him an honorable excuse. He certainly knew he wasn’t going to beat Clinton.

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Is this a good idea? Is Burnett a Palin supporter? Cozying up with Hollywood types is just asking for trouble imho.

They could also be filming behind the scenes stuff and who knows what could be released etc…

LurkerDood on March 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

As for the money, is it her fault that she’s popular?

Jenfidel on March 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Jenfidel,

I’s ignoramuses here that don’t get this: It’s called SUCCESS. It’s called working hard to earn your keep. It’s called Capitalism. It’s called simple jealousy because libs do not understand that honest hard work is totally contrary to HANDOUTS. There are so many ways to denigrate, insult a person and her family.

I am still glad Paul Ryan has not been Palinized. The LSM and jerks around here better leave him alone and his family. And again, losers lower themselves by keeping up with this crap. Stop piling on Sarah and her family; y’all are fair target enough for us.

So quit it!

ProudPalinFan on March 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM

They could also be filming behind the scenes stuff and who knows what could be released etc…

LurkerDood on March 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Exactly. 10 minutes after the show starts, leaks of Palin’s “divaness” will be hitting MSNBC.

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Exactly. 10 minutes after the show starts, leaks of Palin’s “divaness” will be hitting MSNBC.

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I am more concerned with TMZ…last one was the visor, remember?

ProudPalinFan on March 24, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I notice you conveniently forgot to say that DemocRat polls Maobama, Plugs Biden and Hillary all “forgot” to resign or quit their Senate seats before assuming office also.

Democrats are greedy!

I know Governor Palin wanted to stay and finish her term-she was happy and the citizens of AK were happy with her.
Obama’s operatives made that impossible.

Jenfidel on March 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I know Governor Palin wanted to stay and finish her term-she was happy and the citizens of AK were happy with her.
Obama’s operatives made that impossible.

Obama was too busy hiding his Kenyan (it’s Kenya, right?) birth certificate to force Palin from the governorship. So how do you explain her quitting on the Friday afternoon before July 4, even though she wanted to stay and finish her term?

I choose to blame ACORN.

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Maybe it should be abolished but you Palinites sound silly bringing it up after George Bush did the exact same thing and John McCain would have if he won. Bob Dole probably wanted to retire from the Senate anyway and the Presidential race just gave him an honorable excuse. He certainly knew he wasn’t going to beat Clinton.

Speedwagon82 on March 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM

note to liberals the fact that Bush “did it” is not a defense. Bush left office with a 40% approval rating do you really want to model yourself after him. Oh wait Obama’s approval rating is around 40% I gurss you do.

unseen on March 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

July 4, even though she wanted to stay and finish her term?

I choose to blame ACORN.

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM

hmmm she resigns on the symbolic day of independence for our country. What do you think? Do you not get symbolism?

Is that to hard for a leftist?

unseen on March 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM

hmmm she resigns on the symbolic day of independence for our country. What do you think? Do you not get symbolism?

Wow. She’s the most perfect person ever!

But I didn’t say she resigned on July 4. She resigned the Friday afternoon before the long weekend, when most media people (who are “scared” of her anyway) were out of the office.

YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Please stop with she isn’t running.

To use a football analogy if you were a team entrenched in 2nd place running neck and neck with the frontrunner and the other teams were far behind you, would sports writers be talking about the team folding or would it more likely be talking about their prospects once playoff season rolled around?

Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are neck and neck and no one else is even in sight except for maybe Mike Huckabee who is not attending the SRLC in his own backyard.

And you dare to suggest that Palin is not going to run in 2012. You must have let a sheltered life and not watched much sports.

technopeasant on March 24, 2010 at 8:28 PM

YYZ=crapweasel. You are beneath contempt you vacuous twit.

daesleeper on March 24, 2010 at 9:03 PM

I really liked this move. She’s a sharp one. I’m totally interested in Alaska, too, so it’s going to be fun.

AnninCA on March 24, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Palin has to convince independents why she left the governorship half-way through her first time, to … what? Sell books? Star on a TV show and be a Fox News pundit?
YYZ on March 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Palin has been a more effective proponent of conservative values outside the governor’s office – yes, writing a book, appearing on Fox…etc. She can now push her agenda without legal limitations. Her opponents were making it almost impossible for her to govern and have an opinion at the same time. But this is plainly obvious to most sensible people.

And here’s YYZzzzzzzzz bitching in a thread about her hosting a TV series showcasing the state she loves. Really? This is a problem in your life? Man, you are pathetic.

Dongemaharu on March 24, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Palin ain`t going in a political direction. That`s okay. Her choice. Pattern emerging here.

I really hope she gets rid of that howdy doody mannerism and gee whiz manner of talking though. You need a decent voice for narrations . . . .

Nothing wrong with taking some vocal lessons.

Sherman1864 on March 25, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Pain’s cashin’ in while the cashin’s good. Can’t blame her.

A travelogue? Lame.

They might have trouble shooting it since half the state loves her and half the state despises her.

Dave Rywall on March 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

For Palin, the calculus is more obvious. She gets to front a non-political, non-threatening series, presumably high caliber, that will increase her stature in a positive manner. She’ll make money from the venture, obviously, although not as much as writing another book would bring. More importantly, the project will help to make people more comfortable with Palin, although it may also increase criticism of Palin for pursuing celebrity rather than policy. The prestige factor of creating this project with Discovery will limit that kind of criticism, however, as Discovery hardly falls into the same category as Spike TV.

That may all be true, but you’re overlooking one simple but big motivator for Palin: she honestly loves her state. She promised she would continue to promote her state when she resigned as governor. So it’s both a labor of love, and the keeping of a promise.

Even those who don’t want her to run for President should at least appreciate her genuineness.

tom on March 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM

They might have trouble shooting it since half the state loves her and half the state despises her.

Dave Rywall on March 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

As opposed to your province, where everyone despises you?

bw222 on March 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

They might have trouble shooting it since half the state loves her and half the state despises her.

Dave Rywall on March 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

As opposed to your province, where everyone despises you?

bw222 on March 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM
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Sorry you’re too busy adjusting the pillow on your lap to deal with the truth.

Dave Rywall on March 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

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