It is really happening, people, and it will be terrifying: Levi Johnston‘s proposed reality show will follow his run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, as he tries to juggle fatherhood and that sterling “Hollywood career” of his. This trainwreck will be called “Loving Levi: The Road To The Mayor’s Office” and a pilot is being filmed by Scott Stone and David Weintraub, two reality TV veterans. No networks are attached to “Loving Levi” just yet. However, the last line on Scott & Co.’s resume was TLC’s “Extreme Food Sculpting.”
Pardon us if we’re slow to hobble over to the Tivo.Of course, Levi said the mayoral run was not his idea. It makes sense the producers would need a gimmick. Initially we’d heard there would be no reality show without his ex-fiancée Bristol Palin and son Tripp, because that’s what the American public apparently wants to see. Weeks ago, Bristol showed a surprising amount of maturity putting the kibosh on that idea. Now it looks like Levi’s producers had to scrape up something … anything … instead.
The big question is whether or not this box of rocks makes for compelling TV. Gunning for the mayor’s seat of Alaska is obviously a moronic premise for “Loving Levi” and the reality TV production community knows it. One producer anonymously told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I can’t imagine that he has enough celebrity on his own that people will tune it in. With a real celebrity, you can put them on TV doing boring stuff and it’s interesting. But when it’s not really a celebrity, they have to be doing something interesting.”
You hear that, Levi? You are not really a celebrity. How soon until this nonsense is over and you get serious about parenting your son?
Anyway, there is something to be said about the symbolism: In his run for mayor, Levi will follow in the footsteps of his almost-mother-in-law, Sarah Palin. (She ruled Wasilla with an iron fist from 1992 to 2002 before she was elected governor and then asked by John McCain to be his vice presidential running mate.) If “Loving Levi” sees the light of day, it will mean the country’s most tabloid-ready politician is being out-tabloid-ed (yeah, I made up that word) by a teenage boy who impregnated her daughter.
It’s kind of meta when you think about it.