Lifetime orders Bristol Palin series

U.S. net Lifetime is the latest network to turn the lens on the Palin family, commissioning Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, a docuseries from Associated Television International that will offer a glimpse into the life of the daughter of American politician Sarah Palin.
February 29, 2012

U.S. net Lifetime is the latest network to turn the lens on the Palin family, commissioning Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, a docuseries from Associated Television International that promises to offer a glimpse into the life of the daughter of former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The 10 x 30-minute Lifetime Television series will see single mother Bristol raising her toddler son Tripp in Alaska, as well as her close relationship with her parents, Sarah and Todd Palin, and her siblings.

Along with a look at her family life, the series promises to also look at her professional life, as Bristol is an advocate for the prevention of teen pregnancy. She recently published a New York Times bestselling book, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.

Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp will air later this year. Rob Sharenow, exec VP of programming at Lifetime Networks, said: “From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding. This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, a mother and a young woman making her way in the world.”

David McKenzie, Jim Romanovich and David Martin executive produce the series for Associated Television, with Lifetime’s Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Noah Pollack. Robyn Schnieders will co-executive produce.

The series comes after TLC stirred controversy by commissioning Mark Burnett Productions to make Sarah Palin’s Alaska in 2010. The eight-episode series was part-travelog part-reality series, following the former Alaska governor as she hunted, fished and spent time with her family.

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