Sarah Palin clearly had no intention of joining the reality show that is the Republican presidential primary, but she’s still pitching ideas for them to the networks — and not having much luck. From the Hollywood Reporter:
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Palin and Burnett are pitching another reality series, this one more focused on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer. But for now, TLC owner Discovery Communications has passed, say sources. And A&E Networks, which entered into a bidding war with Discovery for Sarah Palin’s Alaska, also is not interested.
So far, networks have balked at the steep asking price – Palin’s Alaska went for north of $1 million an episode and sources say Burnett and Palin are asking for a similar payday for the follow-up. Mark Burnett Productions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Another obstacle is Palin’s waning status as a cultural lightning rod. The former Alaska governor, 47, burst onto the scene as the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate with a compelling personal storyline and outspoken conservatism that made her the darling of the right and a target of the left, helping her land a $1 million annual contract with Fox News.
But she has been largely under the radar since confirming that she would not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, as press attention has shifted to frontrunners Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and the rest. Says one network insider, “I think it’s safe to say her time has passed.”
In many ways, the Palins have become the perfect modern family. If Andy Warhol were alive today, he would amend his famous declaration to say that, in the future, everyone will have their own reality show. Maybe she should pitch a show called America’s Next Top Irrelevant Has-Been. Or maybe she can get a spot as one of Flava Flav’s “gold tooth diggers” (as Jeffrey Ross so eloquently called them.