Sarah Palin has been actively shopping a reality show to networks and cable channels since early March. Variety is now reporting that Discovery Communications has bought the series, called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” for in excess of $1 million per episode.
Hosted by the former governor of Alaska, the show will reportedly focus on the characters, traditions and attractions in the U.S.’s northernmost state. Palin had been shopping the series with producer Mark Burnett, the reality show guru behind “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” After meetings with ABC, CBS and NBC did not produce a deal for the travelogue show, Burnett and Palin turned to cable, with Discovery and A&E emerging as front-runners. A&E reportedly dropped out of the running, leaving Discovery as the winner.
At press time, MTV News’ request for comment had not yet been returned by Discovery.
The travelogue show fits well with much of Discovery’s programming, which includes other nature-based shows like “American Loggers,” “Man vs. Wild” and “Deadliest Catch,” which is also shot in Alaska. Palin also appeared in the 2008 Discovery documentary “Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod,” which was shot before she was selected as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
The specific Discovery Communications channel — or channels — on which Palin’s show will air remains unknown. In addition to the Discovery Channel, the company owns channels like TLC, Animal Planet and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which is set to launch in January of 2011. Winfrey famously interviewed Palin on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” last November.
The former governor of Alaska is currently a political analyst for Fox News.