Lisa de Moraes
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The TV Column: Bristol Palin lands a reality TV show

Alex Brandon/AP - Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, will star in a Lifetime reality TV series about being a single mother.

Remember how last May, BIO Channel announced that 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 they share a house with Bristol’s then-new “Dancing With the Stars” BFF, Kyle Massey, and his actor-brother Christopher Massey?

And how the executive producer then called the report that Bristol and former Disney Channel star Kyle were an item a “bald, dumb lie” — but said that he sure likes all that “interesting publicity”?

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And how Bristol then went with a show-camera crew to ride a mechanical bull at a bar on Sunset Boulevard and got caught on video fighting with a heckler who called her mom a woman of ill repute, and Bristol responded by asking him whether he was “a homosexual”?

And how Kyle then was said to be unhappy with how this show was working out, and the media started reporting that the show had been 86’d — only BIO was all, “Oh no, it hasn’t!”?

Well, on Wednesday, the Lifetime network announced that 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 “forging her own way in the world, living under the constant 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 — the same company that was to have produced BIO’s order for 10 half-hour episodes of its Bristol reality show.

Lifetime and BIO are both part of A&E Networks.

Turns out, BIO’s Palin show was 86’d back when BIO went all “unfounded rumors” — only BIO prefers to call it “decided not to move forward.”

“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,” Rob Sharenow, Lifetime executive VP of programming, said in Wednesday’s announcement. He added: “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.”

That is not to be confused with BIO’s executive VP of programming, 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.”

‘One Tree’ farewell

CW’s “One Tree Hill” will finally be put out of our misery over two hours on April 4, ending its nine-year run.

The finale will include interviews with the show’s stars as they look back at the series’ memorable moments and share their fave “OTH” memories, the network said in Wednesday’s announcement.

And on April 24, CW will premiere a six-part series called “The L.A. Complex,” about six young “performers” who were all named “most likely to succeed” in their home towns, and who are all now living in an apartment-style motel — no doubt on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams — while striving for stardom in Hollywood.

The show is produced in Canada.

WRC’s Krebs to retire

After 32 years at WRC, Washington’s NBC-owned TV station, morning news anchor Joe Krebs will retire at the end of March, the station announced Wednesday.

Krebs was an anchor for WRC’s morning news show, “News4 Today,” for 18 years, after working at WBAL in Baltimore. He came to the Washington station as a reporter in 1980.

He will sign off March 30.

Anchor Aaron Gilchrist will replace Krebs, joining co-anchor Eun Yang. Gilchrist worked at the NBC station in Richmond for 11 years before joining WRC two years ago.

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