TV Who Will Buy Sarah Palin’s Reality Show?
Every Presidential hopeful aspires to be an agent of change, but this is taking it to an extreme: Sarah Palin made the rounds in Hollywood last week in an effort to sell a limited-run reality show that would feature her presenting an intimate view of Alaska. The docudrama from überproducer Mark Burnett (Survivor) is designed to run for, at most, eight episodes and present Palin-narrated stories about Alaska’s quirky denizens. A two-minute video teaser that was sent around to the networks includes voice-overs touting ”the most fascinating state, with the most fascinating statesperson.” (There’s even a line that notes Alaska is ”two miles from Russia.”) Palin and Burnett have already sat down with ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox and had scheduled meetings with cable nets like A&E and the History channel. Said one exec familiar with her pitch, ”There’s nothing political about it.” Maybe, but that doesn’t mean she’s given up on politics: A broadcast network wouldn’t want to deal with the fallout of giving Palin a platform if she announced a presidential run in 2012 during the show’s limited run. That’s probably why ABC has already passed. At press time, Palin and Burnett had yet to find a buyer. Still, no one really believes that Palin will leave Tinseltown empty-handed. Her memoir, Going Rogue, was a huge best-seller (she’s already getting paid to write a second book), and her March 2 appearance on The Tonight Show attracted 5.8 million viewers. Someone will likely be swayed by Palin’s undeniable lure and buy the project. Says one reality show agent: ”I wouldn’t rule her out.”
— Lynette Rice
MOVIES Amanda Seyfried may star as Little Red Riding Hood
Catherine Hardwicke is trading in vampires for big bad wolves. The Twilight director is readying herself for an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ”Little Red Riding Hood” for Warner Bros. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, The Girl With the Red Riding Hood has been greenlit by the studio, and Hardwicke expects to start filming in June. She’s also closing in on her starlet: The angelic-looking Amanda Seyfried (Dear John) is in talks to play Valerie, the caped girl who, after a tragic event, tries to solve the mystery of the wolf that’s been terrorizing her village for two decades. Says Hardwicke, ”It’s a dense, romantic thriller.” How romantic? In this version, the grandma is sexy.
— Nicole Sperling