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.