From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
The producer of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" says he's in talks for a second season of that series and is not pursuing a show about Todd's snowmachine exploits, according to the New York Post.
“The plan would be to shoot this in the summer of 2012,” Mark Burnett told the Post:
New episodes of the outdoorsy reality series — which shows the former vice-presidential candidate fishing, hunting and dogsledding with her family — would not air until after the November presidential election.
“By the time we edit it, the election will be over,” Burnett says. “But I am sure the election would be mentioned [in the show].”
The first season of the Palin series received a larger state subsidy, $1.2 million, than single seasons of any other Alaska reality show to date.
Alaska lawmakers are considering reducing subsidies for reality TV projects, which generally create fewer jobs than movies but are eligible for some of the most generous such public subsidies in the country.
Under the latest version of a proposal to reauthorize the subsidy program, the state would pay up to 34 percent of the bill for nonfiction TV projects like Palin's show or "Deadliest Catch." Currently, all film and TV productions can get up to 44 percent of their spending reimbursed.
The Hollywood Reporter said last week that Palin and Burnett were pursuing a show about Todd Palin's snowmachine career.
Burnett said that's not true.
“In fact, the idea around snowmobiling was to be part of an episode in ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ — not a series," he told the Post.