SILVER SPRING, Md. – Discovery Communications has announced that it has been forced to cancel the upcoming reality show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” after it was learned that Palin ran out of reality almost two years ago. The eight-part documentary series was to star the ex-Governor Palin and her home state of Alaska and was slated to premiere on TLC, and executive produced by Emmy-award winner Mark Burnett of Survivor and Apprentice fame.
“We knew we were in trouble during the first episode when we saw a polar bear just standing there, checking his watch and waiting for reality to kick back in,” said Burnett. “And everywhere you looked there were confused and bored puffins.”
Palin released a brief statement on Facebook which, while trying to explain the problem, only served to showcase the reality issues.
“Palling around with terrorists. You betcha. Wink,” wrote Palin. “Track. Russia. Salmon. Hunt. Guns. McCain.”
TLC President and General Manager Eileen O’Neill said she was disappointed the series would not be able to air.
“We were confident ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ would be compelling television, but there was just no reality there whatsoever,” said O’Neill. “In the end, it just wasn’t fair to our audience or the puffins.”
Crossposted at William K. Wolfrum Chronicles