Here's the real life story that just doesn't stop giving. The Palin saga has plots that reach into politics, social issues, books, talk shows, and, of course, reality TV. Sarah Palin recently sold "Sarah Palin's Alaska," a travelogue, to the Discovery Networks, which will air the series on TLC. Now, Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, and a Playgirl-posing thorn in Sarah Palin's side, is trying to sell an Alaska reality show, too. Game on -- again.
According to Johnston's producer, Stuart Krasnow, who talked to Lisa de Moraes in the Washington Post, Johnston's series will be "'Jersey Shore' on ice." Tentatively called "Levi Johnston's Final Frontier," the show will focus on what it's like to be a young guy growing up in Alaska. Johnston and his friends "put jet fuel in their snowmobiles," Krasnow tells de Moraes. "They trick them out. They drive Ford pickups. They don't go on the Internet often. That's what we're interested in about him."
Asked about Palin's show over the weekend at a birthday party for Perez Hilton, Johnston said, "Good for her, but mine is gonna beat it."
Johnston, 19, is currently cruising Los Angeles in an RV that Krasnow says has "a party-bus kind of feel to it," and the vehicle was seen outside of the MTV offices. Krasnow tells de Moraes that Johnston's project was in the works before Palin came forward with hers: "When Sarah Palin made her announcement, we rushed and decided to go out quicker. In a competitive marketplace, it made sense, if Sarah Palin is going to try to own Alaska. She may try to tell us how beautiful an iceberg is. His version might include skinning a bear." And then posing naked on the ensuing rug?
Will you watch her show? His? Neither? Both?
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