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'Sarah Palin's Alaska': Will Palin be a one-termer on TLC?

January 9, 2011 |  6:09 pm

Sarah Palin and Todd Palin on Sarah Palin's Alaska The finale of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on Sunday might be the former governor's last episode. Unless, of course, it isn't.

That Palin's show would be a one-termer was reported by Entertainment Weekly on Friday, the day before a mass shooting at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords event in Arizona.  The shooting claimed six lives, including those of a federal judge and a little girl born on Sept. 11, 2001, and left the Democratic congresswoman recovering from brain surgery after a bullet passed through her brain. 

Various bloggers and news outlets on Saturday linked Palin and a 10-month-old "crosshairs" campaign graphic to the shooting, despite no immediate indications that suspect Jared Loughner had any connection with Palin, the "tea party," the GOP or the crosshairs map. Loughner, who had attended another Giffords event in 2007, left an envelope at his home with the words "I planned ahead," "my assassination" and "Giffords," according to the FBI's criminal complaint. Fellow students' concerns about Loughner being a disjointed, disturbing presence in a junior college algebra class went public Sunday.

"On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice," Palin said Saturday via Facebook, offering condolences to those hurt and killed in the shooting.

"Sarah Palin's Alaska" was "always planned as a special event and beyond that there have been no discussions or decisions," a source told People on Sunday.

Sources told TMZ on Sunday that the decision about a second season is Palin's to make — she could definitely make bucks with a second season, but to do so would be a strong sign she'd not going to run for president in 2012.

In the meantime, on TLC, the Palin clan find themselves in Nome, hunting for gold, in the series' season finale Sunday night. 

Hey, at least the former VP nominee finished a full season. Do you want to see a second one?


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Photo: Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, going fishing on July 3, 2010, for TLC's "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Credit: Gilles Mingaasson / Discovery Communications / Associated Press.