Remember how, last May, BIO Channel announced it had bought a reality series in which Bristol Palin and her little son Tripp move to Los Angeles to work at “a small charity in need,” and share a house with Bristol’s new “Dancing with the Stars” BFF Kyle Massey and his actor brother Christopher Massey?
And then the executive producer said reports Bristol and former Disney Channel star Kyle were an item was a “bald, dumb lie,” but he sure liked all the ”interesting publicity”?
And then Bristol went with show camera crew to ride a mechanical bull at a bar on Sunset Strip and got caught on video fighting with a heckler who called her mom a woman of ill repute and Bristol responded by asking him if he was “a homosexual”?
And then Kyle was said to be unhappy with how this show was working out, and the media started reporting the show had been 86’d — only BIO was all “Oh no it hasn’t!”?
Well, on Wednesday, Lifetime network announced IT had bought a Bristol Palin reality show, called “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” that would provide us with an exclusive rare glimpse into her life in Alaska as a young single mother of young son, Tripp, “forging her own way in the world, living under the constantly spotlight as a member of one of America’s most high-profile families.”
And not a Massey in sight.
Lifetime has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of its Bristol Palin show, which will be produced by Associated Television International – same company that was to have produced BIO’s order for 10 half-hour episodes of its Bristol reality show.
And BIO now acknowledges its Bristol Palin reality series was, in fact 86’d — only BIO prefers we call it “decided not to move forward.”
Lifetime and BIO are both part of A&E Networks.
“From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding,” Lifetime programming evp Rob Sharenow said in Wednesday’s announcement, adding, “This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, a mother and a young woman making her way in the world.”
This is not to be confused with BIO programming evp David McKillop, who said back in May, that Bristol’s “personal life has been playing out in the media for several years but this will be the first time she’s opening up her real life, with her son and her friends the Massey Brothers.”