TLC, the channel formerly dedicated to learning but made over to focus on reality fare like “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” “19 Kids and Counting,” “Little People, Big World,” “Cake Boss,” “Ultimate Cake Boss,” “Midget Cakes,” and “Grotesquely Deformed Children,” has landed the much-ballyhooed Sarah Palin reality series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
The show has an eight-episode commitment and is expected to premiere later this year at the earliest. The program likely will be as much about Alaska as it is about Palin and her family. With a political career still in the offing, it seems unlikely that she will open the door that wide on the day-to-day life of her family…
No price for the show was released, but reports of a license fee of more than $1 million per episode are over the top, a person close to the project said. [LA Times]
The acquisition marks a new direction for freak-based network, which has other shows about families that don’t use contraception, but none that live in Alaska or have Down syndrome babies. New horizons!