You betcha! Sarah Palin show lands at TLC [Updated]
Discovery Communications' TLC cable network -- home to Kate Gosselin and her brood as well as "Cake Boss" -- has just added former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to its roster.
TLC is the new home for a reality show featuring Palin and her family. Details about the show, which will be produced by Mark Burnett, whose credits include the CBS hit "Survivor," are sketchy. The show has an eight-episode commitment and is expected to premiere later this year at the earliest.
The program likely will be as much about Alaska as it is about Palin and her family. With a political career still in the offing, it seems unlikely that she will open the door that wide on the day-to-day life of her family.
[Updated at 10:51 a.m. Discovery stressed that this show, indeed, will be about more about Alaska than about Palin and her family although she will have an active role on the show. The network is positioning the series more as documentary than reality show.
In the announcement for the show, Palin said her family enjoyed Discovery and that she looked "forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans."]
No price for the show was released, but reports of a license fee of more than $1 million per episode are over the top, a person close to the project said.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is welcomed to the stage at the Orange County Republican Party fundraiser in Orlando, Fla., on March 12, 2010. Credit: Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel/Associated Press