Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Sarah Palin's Alaska"...coming soon to a TV near you

It appears that the documentary program "Sarah Palin's Alaska" (no, it is not a reality show about the Palin family, regardless of what multiple talking heads have said) will find a home on one of the Discovery Channel networks.  Discovery will reportedly be paying $1.2 million per episode for the show, a joint venture between Sarah Palin and Mark Burnett (producer of, among other things, a little program called "Survivor").

As reported by Cubachi, citing several sources:

This will be the most expensive documentary in network’s history. Yet, we all know Sarah Palin generates enough buzz to guarantee that Discovery Channel will have a ratings bonanza, unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The terms of the deal will be released within the next several days.
Variety’s Michael Schneider also reported that a deal with Discovery was expected soon and that earlier on Monday word came that A&E was no longer in the running leaving Discovery as the presumptive winner at a price of more than $1 million per episode…

The high-definition program will be shot in a style similar to “Life” and “Planet Earth” and will feature Palin acting as a guide to the Alaskan outdoors. When it was commissioned by the BBC at a cost of $25 million, the 11-part “Planet Earth” was considered the most expensive documentary the network had ever made.

Cubachi pretty much says what I'm thinking about this:

Sarah Palin is introducing herself and her state to the world in her own terms. Brava!

Hopefully the more open-minded people who would watch this might see that Sarah Palin is more than the caricature we're constantly being fed.  Plus, Alaska's a really pretty state deserving of more attention from the lower 48.