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Discovery confirms 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' pickup, will air it on TLC

By Christopher Rocchio, 03/25/2010 

Discovery Communications has confirmed it has acquired the rights to Sarah Palin's Alaska and announced it will air the new reality documentary series on its TLC cable network.

"Our family enjoys Discovery's networks," said Palin. "I look forward to working with [executive producer Mark Burnett] to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans."

Discovery Communications landed the new reality project from the Survivor producer and the former vice presidential candidate after A&E Networks reportedly dropped out of the running earlier this week.

"Discovery Communications is so excited to help Sarah Palin tell the story of Alaska, and to have a great documentary filmmaker in Mark Burnett helping to reveal Alaska's powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state's proudest daughters," said Discovery Communications executive Peter Liguori.

Palin and Burnett began shopping the series earlier this month, and it will focus on various aspects of life in Alaska.

"With a dynamic personality that has captivated millions, I can't think of anyone more compelling than Sarah Palin to tell the story of Alaska," said Burnett, who co-produced Eco-Challenge on Discovery Channel in the late 1990s.

"I'm thrilled to reunite with Discovery on this project, which brings together one of the most fascinating figures of our time with one of the most wondrous places on earth."

Discovery Communications has not announced when the eight-episode series will debut.

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