TLC, A&E reject Todd Palin snowmobile series that Sarah Palin and Mark Burnett are pitching

Both TLC and A&E have rejected a follow-up series to Sarah Palin’s Alaska following Todd Palin’s activities as a snowmobile racer that is being produced by Mark Burnett.

Burnett and Sarah Palin are pitching the new series “focused on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says that “TLC owner Discovery Communications has passed” and A&E “also is not interested”–in part because of “the steep asking price.” (The original series cost between $800,000 and $1 million per episode.)

The paper also quotes an anonymous “network insider” (executive? intern?) who offers the other obvious reason: “I think it’s safe to say her time has passed.”

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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