The purpose of Sarah Palin’s visit to Los Angeles wasn’t solely to appear on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” No, because nothing crappy happens without being a part of something larger and crappier, she’s also shopping a TV “docu-drama” about Alaska with reality show kingpin Mark Burnett.
Sarah Palin, TV producer? Multiple sources confirm that Palin and uber-reality show producer Mark Burnett have been making the rounds in Hollywood this week to pitch a TV docudrama about Alaska. One source called it a “planet-Earth type look” at Palin’s home state. The former candidate for the vice presidency was seen leaving ABC today with Burnett, and an insider confirmed that she met with reality topper Mike Darnell yesterday at Fox (where she and her family ended the day by visiting American Idol. Palin stayed in the green room). She also stopped by CBS [yesterday] and plans to meet with NBC Universal TV Chairman Jeff Gaspin [today]. [EW]
The easy thing to do here would be to lash out against Palin in Hollywood simply because she’s Sarah Palin and a naturally divisive topic. But you know what? I feel better with her in L.A. than I do with her in Washington. And while I’d still prefer it if I never had to see her or hear her voice again, if that’s not an option, then I’ll settle for where she’ll do the least damage. Kinda like having a retarded kid in a china shop.