Thursday, March 18, 2010

A&E and Discovery bid for Sarah Palin's documentary series

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The television project Sarah Palin recently shopped around when she was in Los Angeles has at least two interested takers, according to Variety's Michael Schneider. A&E and Discovery appear to be the front-runners to land the Alaska-themed series for an estimated $1 million per episode:
For A&E, Palin would fit in with the network's strategy of reality shows with larger-than-life, sometimes polarizing celebrities. The network, after all, has a show set in the other non-continental U.S. state, Hawaii, which stars another maverick of sorts -- Dog the Bounty Hunter. But A&E sister History might also make sense, as one of that channel's signature series, "Ice Road Truckers," already takes place in Alaska.

Discovery could also make a logical home, as the channel's hit "Deadliest Catch" is also shot in Palin Country. And Palin also happened to make a brief appearance on Discovery's 2008 doc "Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod" -- shot before she became a household name.

According to insiders, a decision could be made in the next day or two.
Schneider says Gov. Palin's star power is fueling the interest in her project. Read his Variety blog post here

h/t: Denise Martin

- JP

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