Sarah Palin and Mark Burnett shopping a docudrama reality series about Alaska

Sarah Palin and reality show producer Mark Burnett are visiting broadcast networks, pitching a docudrama about Alaska.

That’s according to a report in Entertainment Weekly, which says they “have been making the rounds in Hollywood this week to pitch a TV docudrama about Alaska. One source called it a ‘planet-Earth type look’ at Palin’s home state.” They met with Fox’s Mike Darnell Tuesday (and went to American Idol‘s live show), ABC and CBS today, and will pitch to NBC’s Jeff Gaspin tomorrow.

I’m not sure if that source saw Planet Earth, but a nature documentary isn’t a “docudrama,” which is how we classify a show like The Real Housewives. And while one second of additional attention for Sarah Palin makes me cringe, I think a docudrama about her life might be interesting. However, that’s only true if it’s honest and real, and Mark Burnett’s track record with docudramas, well, sucks. He’s a genius at producing competitive reality TV, but The Casino (details) and The Restaurant (more here) were both heavy handed in their editing and not always honest, even faking a scene that cameras didn’t catch.

Exclusive: Sarah Palin shopping Alaska TV docudrama with Mark Burnett [Entertainment Weekly]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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