You Betcha: TLC Officially Picks Up Sarah Palin's Alaska


The writing was on the wall, and now it's in print: Discovery Communications -- in particular, TLC -- has acquired worldwide rights to the eight-hour docuseries Sarah Palin's Alaska, which will cost more than $1 million an episode as it explores the 49th state. That's over twice the cost of most other TLC series episodes, which range from $200,000 to $400,000. A&E, the other interested network, dropped out days ago. Catch your breath and ready yourself for the nauseating quote from producer Mark Burnett.

"With a dynamic personality that has captivated millions, I can't think of anyone more compelling than Sarah Palin to tell the story of Alaska," said Mark Burnett, according to Variety. "I'm thrilled to reunite with Discovery on this project, which brings together one of the most fascinating figures of our time with one of the most wondrous places on earth."

Discovery also helmed the Alaska-set Deadliest Catch, and the adrenaline crusades of both series undoubtedly parallel each other. Now's the time for Alaskans to speak up about whether Palin, who I shall now call Wink Bloomingdale's, is an appropriate emcee/narrator/voice for the series. I'm waiting for the competing VH1 series, Jewel Will Save Alaska's Soul.

Sarah Palin's Alaska to Air on TLC [Variety]


  • David says:

    Wow!! That IS a great match!
    Love S. Palin's excellent voice, her resolution to what she says and her incredible insight into what really matters!
    Cant wait!!

  • Jon Doa says:

    TLC must be desperate or completely stupid. You're right, this might boost ratings since americans can't seem to get enough of ignorant, misinformed, attention-starved personalities. But the long-term implications? TLC has lost ALL its credibility as a respectable source of abject information/entertainment (did it ever?).

  • sweetbiscuit says:

    Awesome. Eight hours of hunting wolves by helicopter. Thanks, Mark Bennett!

  • Colander says:

    "can't seem to get enough of ignorant, misinformed, attention-starved personalities"
    Uh...I have a name, buddy!
    But seriously, I'm not crediting you when I use Wink Bloomingdale's at the bar later, Virtel, but you should see a shooting star when I do so.

  • The Winchester says:

    Yeah, but maybe for the season finale they'll switch things up and have the WOLVES in the helicopters!

  • Dimo says:

    Sarah Palin has a wax figure too?

  • snickers says:

    Mark Burnett obviously confused the words "ridiculed" and "fascinating" with each other.

  • rich says:

    I just don't see how she could be worth over $1 million per episode but more power to her for getting someone to pay that. I'm sure TLC will need to charge some high commercial prices to recoup that.
    and yes I'm a Republican but wouldn't pay her that.