The Sarah Palin Reality Show Will Be the Anti–Real Housewives


With good looks and an ability to garner controversy, Sarah Palin might seem a good fit for Bravo. But her upcoming reality show, produced by Mark Burnett, is on TLC, and, according to the L.A. Times, the series is the network's "strongest play yet for non-elite, middle-class America ... in a marketplace otherwise filled with sex-drenched youth soups or aspirational voyeurism." So what will "being an Alaskan" through the lens of Sarah Palin look like, exactly?

"She may be hauling nets with her husband, Todd, on his commercial salmon fishing boat on Bristol Bay, roughing it in a logging camp or spotting grizzly bears while camping on Kodiak Island."

The details are still pretty vague, but the Times knows what the show definitely won't look like, and that's Ramona Singer squawking spastically while pointing fingers at Jill Zarin.

"[The show] is the strongest proof yet that TLC ... is determined to become the antidote to Bravo, a rival cable network that has perfected the art of chasing upscale viewers with wry, trendy, often-sensational fare.

'We tend to be less snarky, edgy,' TLC president Eileen O'Neill said from the company's offices in Silver Spring, Md. 'We shoot all around the country. Our topics and people tend to represent a lot of daily American lives — a little less of the edgy, cooler' material than is found on Bravo."

This from the network that created Kate Gosselin? We'll take Team Bethenny any day, thanks.

'TLC's hook on the heartland' [LAT]