Palin pitches Alaska reality series
Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is pitching a reality series on Alaska to television networks.
Entertainment Weekly first reported that the former Alaska governor and Survivor producer Mark Burnett have been meeting with network executives at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox while Palin was in Los Angeles this week for her spot on The Tonight Show.
Burnett told The Associated Press that he approached Palin with the idea for the show. It would be shot in the style of Discovery’s Planet Earth show, focusing on the natural beauty of Alaska.
Palin and her family would be on camera in the show, but Burnett said it wouldn't focus on her family life. Instead, Palin would visit commercial fishing boats, coal and gold mines, and other industries unique to her state.
"It’s being in and experiencing the great charm and beauty of Alaska with Sarah Palin," Burnett said.
Alaska’s former governor is such a ratings magnet that the series should draw interest from broadcast and cable networks, he added.
On The Tonight Show this week, Palin joked with host Jay Leno that the difference between Alaska and Los Angeles is that "here when people have a frozen look on their face, I find out it's Botox."
On Thursday, publisher Harper Collins announced that it has commissioned Palin to write a book about her patriotic and spiritual values.
Palin, 46, who is believed to be eyeing a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is already a bestselling author for her 2009 memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, which describes her entry into U.S. national politics during John McCain’s failed presidential bid.
The book spent six seeks as a bestseller and sold more than 2.2 million copies.
With files from The Associated Press