Sarah Palin, Hollywood critic, pitches television networks on Alaska series
Under the heading of “If you can’t beat ‘em,” Sarah Palin, who recently complained indignantly about Hollywood’s portrayal of her family, is now shopping her own series to the television networks. This week, the former Alaska governor has been meeting with network executives to pitch them on a docudrama about her home state, a show first reported by Entertainment Weekly. In a sign of her seriousness, Palin has teamed up with A-list producer Mark Burnett, whose show “Survivor” kicked off the reality television craze in the United States.
After meetings earlier this week with ABC, CBS and even "Fox Hollywood," as she likes to call that network, sources told The Times that the two visited the NBC suites on Thursday. One person familiar with the pitch said the show sounded like a nature documentary similar to Discovery's "Planet Earth" series and did not appear to have the makings of a prime-time broadcast series.
It remains to be seen whether Palin herself would be featured on the series. Her telegenic persona, which she demonstrated Tuesday on “The Tonight Show,” has triggered speculation that the onetime Republican vice presidential candidate would seek her own talk show. The conservative star has signed on as an analyst for Fox News, a move that has effectively kept her part of the political mix since she abruptly resigned from office. Meanwhile, her eldest daughter, Bristol, has signed on to make her acting debut on an episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
Palin perhaps is savvy enough to recognize that if she doesn’t pitch her own show, Hollywood may co-opt her story without her cooperation. In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Debra Messing is slated to star in an ABC comedy called “Wright vs. Wrong” that centers on “a driven conservative pundit who tries to maintain her public persona despite facing her own vulnerabilities.”
Burnett, who is traveling today, was unavailable for comment.
-- Matea Gold and Maria Elena Fernandez
Photo: Sarah Palin on "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday. Credit: NBC