Bristol Palin is the eldest daughter of former Vice-Presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Last year, in early May, her reality TV show was announced, but it has been languishing fairly quietly since then. The air date is finally set: June 19.
Since its first announcement, the premise of the show changed once, and now it's changed again, bringing the tally of ideas for the show to three, to date. Lifetime has announced that it will telecast two episodes of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” every Tuesday night. The network's blurb on the show said it will follow Palin’s life as a single mom “living under intense media scrutiny that comes from her lineage as the daughter of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.”
At the time it was announced, BIO said it had ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the then-unnamed reality series. It was set to follow Bristol Palin and her son Tripp as they moved to Los Angeles where Palin would work for a small charity there. She was, it would said, move in with “her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey.” It was first to air on BIO, then shifted A&E and then to the Lifetime network. All three networks fall under A&E Television Networks (AETN).
Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey, the network explained, became BFFs while competing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Any idea that the pair had become an item were soundly rebuffed.
Later though, reports surfaced that Kyle Massey, whose credits include Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House,” was no happy with the she. Later BIO said it had “decided not to move forward” with the show. However, in February, Lifetime announced it had decided to move forward with its own Bristol Palin reality series.
That series didn't center on Los Angeles at all. Instead, it was said, the show would focus on Bristol Palin's life in Alaska, “forging her own way in the world, living under the constant spotlight as a member of one of America’s most high-profile families” while being a young, single mother (there is a recurring theme here).
With the new announcement, however, Bristol again moving to Los Angeles, and then back to Alaska, and with her younger sister Willow in tow, to boot. The show blurb is that these events unfold “as she deals with parenting and disciplining her toddler without Tripp’s father" (in other words, as a young single mother, but without saying it that way. Consistency, no doubt).
This time, we expect there to be no further changes, since the air date has been announced and filming should have been begun, if not completed.
Interest in a Bristol Palin reality series begin rising after her stint on "Dancing with the Stars," on which she finished third, behind Kyle Massey and winner Jennifer Grey. She was, in fact, fairly reviled by the judges, but was keep afloat by viewer voting, which had to encourage television producers in terms of a reality show.
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