NEW YORK – Producer Mark Burnett said Thursday he is pitching a series to television networks that would be about Alaska seen through the eyes of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin.
Palin and Burnett have been meeting this week to talk about the idea with executives at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, according to three broadcast executives.
Burnett, one of TV’s busiest producers best known for his “Survivor” series on CBS, said he approached the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate with the idea. It would be shot in the style of Discovery’s “Planet Earth” show, feasting on the natural beauty of the state where Palin was governor.
“What it’s not is a reality show following her around, getting up in the morning or her family and all the salacious stuff,” he said.
Palin would visit commercial fishing boats and tour either coal or gold mines and other spots unique to her state. “It’s being in and experiencing the great charm and beauty of Alaska with Sarah Palin,” he said.
The former governor is such a ratings magnet that the series should draw interest from broadcast and cable networks, he said.