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Palin Returning To Reality Television

Like the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the former Governor of Alaska returns to her natural habitat:

Sarah Palin is making a reality TV comeback in 2014 with a show focused on the outdoors.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee will host “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” on The Sportsman Channel starting in April 2014. The weekly series will “explore some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America’s outdoors lifestyle,” according to a press release announcing the unscripted program featuring Palin, also a Fox News contributor.

“I’m excited to help shine a light on all the great American sportsmen and women in the country who live the outdoors lifestyle,” Palin said in a statement. “Sportsman Channel is the leader in their industry and I am thrilled to be partnering with them on this show.”

This isn’t Palin’s first foray into reality TV. “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” aired for eight episodes starting in 2010 on TLC and was not renewed for a second season.

Sportsman Channel president Gavin Harvey said in a statement that the network is “ecstatic and very proud” Palin picked Sportsman Channel to return to unscripted TV.

“Governor Palin is one of America’s most popular leaders, whose powerful love of country and passion for the great outdoors is inspiring to millions and millions of people,” Gavin Harvey said. “As a sportswoman, humanitarian, and patriot who has visited every corner of the USA, there is no one more qualified to host Amazing America than Sarah Palin.”

The Sportsman Channel, a niche channel for people interested in hunting, shooting and fishing, also airs programs such as NRA News’ Cam & Co. talk show, a series with rocker Ted Nugent and Big Deer TV.

Of course it does.

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Comments

  1. “explore some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America’s outdoors lifestyle,”…And kill everything that moves!

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  2. Mark Ivey says:

    “And every episode she will be handling-pimping new guns! Product placement fees! You betcha..”

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  3. Moosebreath says:

    Will the theme music be Tom Lehrer’s “Hunting Song”:

    “You just stand there looking cute
    And when something moves, you shoot”?

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  4. Scott O says:

    Would you like some word salad with that elk?

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  5. CSK says:

    I thought this news would cast her fan club into suicidal despair, but instead they seem to regard it as the ideal venue for her to launch a bid for the presidency in 2016. I wonder what it’s like to be quite that delusional.

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  6. beth says:

    Aw, I was hoping she’d do a turn on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice – that would send the nutjobs into ecstasy! I guess NBC wouldn’t let her shoot the other contestants.

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  7. C. Clavin says:

    So she’ll quit half-way through the TV Season?

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  8. Ron Beasley says:

    Palin and reality in the same title?

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  9. grumpy realist says:

    In my run for POTUS, a plank in my platform is that all failed candidates for presidency, vice-presidency, or congresscritters have to remain totally silent and off TV stage for the next five years after election failure. The only allowable public activity will be serving in soup kitchens for the poor, provided a vow of silence has been taken.

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  10. PJ says:

    Palin is “one of America’s most popular leaders” and a humanitarian? I’ll have whatever Gavin Harvey is smoking…

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  11. Mr. Replica says:

    @PJ:
    Really?
    If what ever Gavin smoked is causing him to hallucinate that badly…I would be a little wary about going near it.

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  12. al-Ameda says:

    “Governor Palin is one of America’s most popular leaders, whose powerful love of country and passion for the great outdoors is inspiring to millions and millions of people,” Gavin Harvey said. “As a sportswoman, humanitarian, and patriot who has visited every corner of the USA, there is no one more qualified to host Amazing America than Sarah Palin.”

    The Sportsman Channel, a niche channel for people interested in hunting, shooting and fishing, also airs programs such as NRA News’ Cam & Co. talk show, a series with rocker Ted Nugent and Big Deer TV.

    Honestly, I can’t believe that this isn’t being hosted by Comedy Central.

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  13. john personna says:

    Actually, if her arc had been from Alaska governor to host of an outdoors magazine show (and not actually a “reality show”) that would have been appropriate.

    If she is back on track now, it is a bad time IMO to correct her. This isn’t running for President. This isn’t even occupying an octobox on the cable news.

    (I see that The Sportsman Channel is a low subscription affair, part of an outdoor network, but not owned by any of the major networks. It certainly is not Fox)

    tl;dr – this show is the kind of thing Palin should have been doing, rather than all that stuff that annoys you

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  14. HarvardLaw92 says:

    ** vomit **

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  15. gVOR08 says:

    I just want her to shut up and go away. The Sportman Channel may be close enough. Do they have a potential slot for Mitt Romney? A plinking gophers and tin cans show?

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