Sarah Palin’s Alaska preview leaves ad buyers, Discovery employees laughing, snickering

A preview for Mark Burnett and Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show was shown to ad buyers, and the reception was extremely poor, according to a report.

An anonymous Discovery Communications source told The Huffington Post that “the whole thing [was] comical” and “When the promo was over, people (employees and buyers) were rolling their eyes, snickering, and even laughing. People were laughing and it’s not even a comedy. No one took it seriously.” Thus, it will get “a crappy time slot” and “Bottom line everyone thought it was a new all time low for Discovery. My guess is the show is going to tank big time.”

That will thrill critics, such as Working Assets’ CREDO, which has started a petition that says, in part, “Sarah Palin’s anti-nature crusade as governor makes her extremely unsuitable to host a show in your lineup. I urge you to cancel the show before it airs.”

But cancellation may not be necessary: Considering that Sarah Palin’s recent Fox News Channel special got low ratings on Fox News, of all places, this could end up as a spectacular disaster for Discovery and its network TLC, as they’re paying between $6.4 and $9.6 million for eight episodes of the show.

Discovery Channel Insider: Sarah Palin’s Show Is “a New All Time Low for Discovery” [Huffington Post]

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