Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
As announced earlier at today’s TCA, Bristol Palin is among the returning stars for this season’s Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars. Palin came under fire during her season on the show because she made it to the finals despite her comparable lack of talent (one of her infamous routines included her dancing in a very hairy monkey suit). And at this panel, she was peppered with questions about why she would subject herself to it all again. Said Palin: “I just think that God provides opportunities like this. You can either go out and do ‘em or not do ‘em, the press is going to talk about me no matter what so I might as well be having fun”. Adding another reason for participating in a later comment: “Do I like to provide for my son? Yes I do”.
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Palin was also asked about whether the various Palins making reality TV into sort of a family business. “I definitely don’t think it’s our business”, she said. “I just think you guys are going to be talking about us either way, so I might as well be doing something enjoyable and fun. (DWTS host Tom Bergeron joked that the Palins have not quite gone “full Kardashian” yet). Read More »
Actors Christopher and Kyle Massey have filed a lawsuit trying to block Bristol Palin’s upcoming docureality series for Lifetime Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp, which premieres tonight. The brothers, along with their mother Angel, are suing the series producer Associated Television International and its head, David McKenzie, who serves as an executive producer on Life’s A Tripp. Palin herself is not a defendant. The Masseys are accusing ATI of copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition, seeking a permanent injunction and monetary damages. The Masseys claim they own the show, for which they were not properly compensated or credited for.
The Masseys, who are not involved in the Lifetime series, were to star with Palin in another reality series, also for ATI. That series, which was greenlighted by Lifetime sibling Bio last year, was eventually scrapped. It was to chronicle Palin’s move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity while living with her then-good friends Chris and Kyle Massey. (Palin became close with Kyle during their time together on Dancing With The Stars.) Palin ultimately opted to leave Los Angeles and move back to Alaska, where Life’s A Tripp is primarily set. It focuses on how Bristol adjusts to life in Alaska with her son Tripp and her interactions with with her parents, Sarah Palin and Todd, and siblings. But the first two episodes chronicle Bristol’s stint in Los Angeles as she … Read More »
Lifetime has picked up Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp, a 10-episode docuseries chronicling Bristol Palin’s life as a young, single mother living in the spotlight of being Sarah Palin’s daughter. The series will focus on how Bristol adjusts to life in Alaska with her son Tripp and her interactions with with her parents, former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Todd, and siblings. “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,” said Rob Sharenow, EVP, Programming, of Lifetime Networks. “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.” Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp will be produced by Associated Television International, with David McKenzie, Jim Romanovich and David Martin executive producing. The company was previously behind another Bristol Palin reality series, which was greenlighted by Bio but never got to air. It was to be set in Los Angeles and feature Palin and her Dancing With The Stars pal, actor Kyle Massey.
Bristol Palin had been heavily courted for her own reality series following her highly rated run on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Now she has settled on her follow-up to Dancing, a docu-series for BIO Channel, which reunites her with her Dancing co-star, actor Kyle Massey. BIO has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the untitled series, which also will feature Massey’s brother, actor Christopher Massey. It follows single mom Bristol Palin’s move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity in need while living with her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey. The series, produced by Associated Television International, is slated to air late this year. “Bristol is the kind of personality BIO is drawn to,” said David McKillop, EVP Programming, A&E Network and BIO Channel. “Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years, but this will be the first time she’s opening up her real life, with her son and her friends the Massey brothers.“ While on Dancing, Bristol became very close with fellow contestant Kyle Massey and, since the show, she has become best friends with him and his brother Chris. ATI’s David McKenzie and Jim Romanovich serve as executive producers alongside McKillop, Tom Moody and Andy Berg. Palin follows in the footsteps of mom … Read More »
CBS Television City, which houses ABC’s reality series Dancing with the Stars, was evacuated tonight over a threatening letter received at the Dancing production offices that contained white powder. Here is ABC’s statement about the incident:
An envelope containing an unknown substance was delivered to the Dancing with the Stars production office on Friday evening. Security and the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department were immediately notified. Measures were taken to secure the area and ensure the safety of personnel. Ultimately we were advised by the LAFD that the substance was determined to be talcum powder.
The authorities have not confirmed online reports that the letter was addressed to Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol Palin, who surprisingly made it to the final round of the dancing competition despite a string of so-so performances.
This may be a new record for stunt casting: the 12 celebrities for Season 11, as announced tonight by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during Bachelor Pad, are: singers Michael Bolton and Brandy, comedienne Margaret Cho, NBC star/sports announcer/actor Rick Fox, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, Baywatch retiree David Hasselhoff, Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch Florence Henderson, Disney Channel sitcom star Kyle Massey, former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin’s unwed daughter/baby mama Bristol Palin, the least annoying castmember on The Hills Audrina Patridge, the most annoying castmember on Jersey Shore Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.