TV Execs Like Palin's Future

Talk show, news commentator, even reality program among possible post-politics offers
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 11:55 AM CDT
A reality show that chronicles the Palins' life in Alaska could be a great cross between "The Osbournes" and "Northern Exposure."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Even if she doesn't end up in Washington, Sarah Palin could still find a presence in the lower 48, the Hollywood Reporter notes. Media higher-ups, salivating at the thought of ratings bumps that Palin appearances gave Saturday Night Live and CBS News, would love to offer her a backup career—with talk shows, news commentary or even a reality gig among the possible pitches.

“I could see her getting more traction as an Oprah than as an Anderson Cooper,” one agent says of Palin, who has 2 years left in her term as Alaska governor. Others see a stint on Fox News, and one producer dreams of a reality show called The Palins. Not everyone's a fan, though: “I find her a little stiff,” says one executive.