More than a year after it was first announced, Bristol Palin’s latest foray into reality TV will finally become, well, a reality, on June 19.
Only the premise has changed again slightly, bringing the premise tally to three, to date.
Lifetime announced Tuesday it will telecast two episodes of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” each Tuesday night, following Bristol’s life as a single mom “living under intense media scrutiny that comes from her lineage as the daughter of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.”
Only now she’ll be moving from Wasilla to Los Angeles with her younger sister Willow. And, apparently, back to Alaska “as she deals with parenting and disciplining her toddler without Tripp’s father.”
We first heard of Bristol’s next stab at reality TV fame back in May of 2011, when Bio channel announced it had bought an unnamed reality series in which Bristol — the country’s most famous unwed-pregnant-daughter-of-vice-presidential-candidate-turned-abstinence-advocate-turned-“Dancing with the Stars”-competitor — moved from Alaska to Los Angeles with Tripp, and would move in with “her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey,” while working for some small, unnamed, children’s charity. The plan was to have the show air on Bio first, then on A&E and then on Lifetime network. All three networks fall under the A&E Television Networks (AETN) banner.
Bristol and Kyle, the network explained, became BFFs while competing together on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Kyle had a relationship with the reality series’ production house, Associated Television International; he works on its syndicated clip show called “World’s Funniest Moments” and the two Massey brothers also have been “roving reporters” on the company’s production of the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Ensuing reports that Bristol and Kyle were an item were deemed a “bald, dumb lie” by the exec producer, who added he sure did like all that “interesting publicity.”
Not long thereafter, reports surfaced that Kyle — a rapper/Disney kid star whose credits include Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House” — was unhappy with how Bristol’s show was working out and it had been scrapped, which Bio denied. Later Bio acknowledged it had “decided not to move forward” with the show and, in February, Lifetime announced it had bought a Bristol Palin reality series.
At that point, the premise changed; the Massey brothers were out, and the show would give us an exclusive, rare glimpse into Bristol’s life in Alaska as a young single mother, “forging her own way in the world, living under the constant spotlight as a member of one of America’s most high-profile families.”
Tuesday’s announcement, however, says Bristol moves to Los Angeles, and then back to Alaska, and with Willow, who, you may recall, stole some of Bristol’s spotlight during her “Dancing” days when reports surfaced of the younger Palin daughter using homophobic comments on Facebook to bash a school classmate who was nicking mother Sarah Palin, whose reality series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” was premiering at that time on TLC.
Bristol Palin is, by now, an old hand at this reality TV game, having become the darling of the fall of ’10 edition of “Dancing,” on which she finished third, behind Kyle and winner Jennifer Grey; she also showed up on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” And she reportedly had been in talks to allow cameras exclusive access into her personal life for a reality series when she and Tripp’s dad, Levi Johnston got back together briefly, announcing their betrothal to the world (and her parents) in Us magazine.