Despite a successful first season by viewing standards, TLC and Sarah Palin have elected not to make a second season of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” And no, I suppose “not renewing” isn’t the same thing as “canceling,” but I’m sticking with that headline just the same. Even if it is an OBFUSCATION OF THE TRUTH BY THE LIBERAL MEDIA!
Insiders admit that Palin seemed to enjoy doing the show more than she expected, in spite of the bad press that it generated. But it makes sense why Palin wouldn’t want to commit to another season: If she and her family chose to shoot more episodes, it would surely be interpreted as a sign that she had no plans to run for office. By not doing a second round, Palin would spare TLC the trouble of having to provide her fellow candidates with equal-access time of their own in the event she did decide to run. [Inside TV]
I enjoy that reasoning: a second season of a reality show would tell people that Palin’s not interested in running for office.
And of course TLC doesn’t want to provide equal airtime to all the candidates. The Obamas only have two children — that’s like one-third the bare minimum for a TLC show.