Bristol Palin gets a reality show on Bio, which calls her our “most famous single mother”

Bio, the network that calls itself The Biography Channel, is taking its first step into narrative, docudrama reality TV, as it has ordered a show following Bristol Palin and her Dancing with the Stars co-star Kyle Massey.

The 10 half-hour episodes of the unnamed series will “follows Bristol Palin’s move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity in need while living with her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey,” according to the network.

Bio calls Bristol “the most famous single mother in America,” apparently because they haven’t watched Teen Mom. It says “she is allowing cameras exclusive access into her personal life for the first time.”

Bio currently airs more documentary-style series, including Celebrity Ghost Stories and I Survived…, which features people talking about real-life events over video of recreations.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.