Sarah Palin’s reality show to debut next Sunday

November 13th, 2010 - 1:23 am ICT by BNO News  

LOS ANGELES (BNO NEWS) — A new reality show featuring former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and her family is scheduled to premiere next Sunday as critics say the show sets a new standard for political ads, critics say.

TLC’s new reality series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” portraits Palin and her family in various outdoor activities that showcase the wild beauty of the region while Palin is constantly making political references.

Through the conventions of reality television, the former vice presidential candidate delivers a staged portrait of herself, her family, and her home state that is full of political messages and justifications of Palin’s political past, Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara said.

The show will last eight weeks and was created by reality producer Mark Burnett.

The show depicts Palin as a devoted mother who also has time to work. However, every scene no matter where it was shoot inevitably contains a political reference, Matthew Gilbert from the Boston Globe states.

In one scene, Palin went bear sighting and found a female bear with its cubs. Palin immediately recalls her Mama Grizzlies platform for “common-sense conservative women,” which she introduced last summer.

In another segment, Palin claimed that her neighbor rented the house next to hers to write a book against her. In response, her husband Todd and other friends built a 14-foot fence to protect their privacy. Palin once again forced the moment to issue a political statement and said that “some say this is what we need to secure our nation’s border.”

It appears that Sarah Palin may be paving the way for an eventual run for presidency in 2012. By using a reality show, Palin is constructing a sophisticated public relations film, similar to an infomercial through a series of policy stances and image reparations.

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