Thursday, August 12, 2010;
See Levi run
So you want to watch Levi Johnston run for office? First, you'll have to watch him get his GED.
On Tuesday, Johnston's manager, Tank Jones, announced that Bristol Palin's hockey-loving ex will run for mayor of his home town, Wasilla, Alaska, as part of a proposed reality series.
Now that show has a name: "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office."
It also has a narrative arc. According to Canaan Rubin, a co-executive producer of the supposedly unscripted program, the show will follow Johnston as he hunts, fishes and gets his life together. "Within the show he'll get his GED," says Rubin. As for his party affiliation, Johnston's campaign team -- which is led by Jones -- is still hashing that out. "Right now he's registered as a Republican. That's probably going to change, though. He'll be running as a conservative Democrat," explains Rubin.
The news release holds some other, comforting information: "If elected, Levi promises to serve his full term."
Apparently Johnston, still in Los Angeles after his appearance at the Teen Choice Awards, already has his nose to the grindstone. "He's already starting to research issues," says Rubin. "He's like a sponge right now -- absorbing as much as he can about the process."J. Lo a no-go for 'Idol'
People magazine reports that Jennifer Lopez is officially out of the running for the job of "American Idol" judge. An unnamed source, whom People describes as "close to the situation," said J. Lo's demands got too excessive for Fox executives, so they walked away from the deal.
Presumably that means previously discussed judge contenders -- Steven Tyler, Jessica Simpson, maybe even Howard Stern -- could have their status reconsidered if any of them had already been dismissed as Simon Cowell replacement options.End notes
Expecting: Alt-rock diva Alanis Morissette, 36, is pregnant with her first child, Us magazine reports. The dad: Souleye (real name: Mario Treadway), 30, who married Morissette last May in a ceremony conducted at the couple's Los Angeles home.
On the box: It's pretty well established that the Manzari brothers can dance. The D.C.-bred teenage tap-dancing duo of John and Leo were recently seen in Arena Stage's production of "Sophisticated Ladies" alongside mentor Maurice Hines. Now a Fox rep has confirmed that the brothers will perform Thursday night on the two-hour finale of "So You Think You Can Dance."
-- Aaron Leitko and Jen Chaney, from staff, Web and wire reports
The Reliable Source is on vacation. The column will return on Aug. 23.