Discovery expected to give blessing to travelogue starring Sarah Palin

By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

After trying, apparently unsuccessfully, to sell a travelogue TV series about Alaska that . . . zzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

Oh sorry, where was I?

Oh yes: After trying unsuccessfully to sell to the broadcast networks a travelogue series about Alaska that would feature none other than SARAH PALIN, reality-TV king Mark Burnett appears to be in negotiations with Discovery Communications about placing the Palin "reality series" there.

Discovery is expected to announce soon that it's getting into bed with the former Alaska governor for this limited-run series.

Evidently, Palin will serve as sort of modern-day Sacagawea. She'll guide viewers around Alaska to meet the "characters, tradition and attractions in the 49th state," trade paper Variety reported Tuesday -- almost as if it had its hands on the news release.

Earlier this month, Burnett, best known for executive-producing CBS's "Survivor" and NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," shopped the show around in Los Angeles, with Palin, to the broadcast networks for a reported price of about $1 million an episode, which is a lot of lettuce for a salmon-fishing and moose-skinning travelogue.

The broadcast networks appear to have passed because the show is not called "The Palins," and it is not about Palin, her unwed daughter Bristol and baby Tripp, her potshot-taking nearly son-in-law Levi, her hot-looking husband Todd, and her baby with Down syndrome whom we all fell in love with during the 2008 presidential race, Trig.

"If it was 'The Osbournes,' and they were going to follow [Palin's] family, then it would be interesting," one broadcast exec said, sadly, as if mourning what might have been.

"It's a travelogue," he said.

"About the state of Alaska," he added.

Later on, the Palin-show pitching seemed to focus on A&E network -- home of "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "Kirstie Alley's Big Life" and "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" -- as well as Discovery Channel, the Silver Spring-based home of the new BBC co-production "Life," as well as shows like "Mythbusters" and "Dirty Jobs."

But A&E bowed out last week, trades reported.

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