The Curse Of Reality TV: Why I’m Scared For The Palins

This Sunday night, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” premieres on TLC. Early clips from the series show Sarah “bein’ free” while climbing a glacier and communing with mama grizzlies. So I assumed that the show was going to be a glorified nature show.

But upon reading some reviews, it sounds like the show veers more into reality television territory than I would have expected.In one scene of the Palins at home in their kitchen, Sarah asks Willow to do a chore and she responds with, “No can do.” In another scene, Todd preps Sarah for a Fox News interview, and then records it in a studio they’ve built next to the house. And in another scene, Willow and Sarah butt heads about whether Willow’s friend, Andy, is allowed upstairs in the house.

Now, I’m a little worried for the Palins. Because good things do not happen to families that appear in reality television series. Need I bring up Jon and Kate Gosselin?

Or more recently, the Masches of “Raising Sextuplets”? In September, Bryan Masche was arrested for domestic violence during a family road trip. He and wife Jenny are now getting divorced.

And remember how happy the Hogans seemed in the first season of “Hogan Knows Best”? A few short years later, the show was documenting Linda and the Hulk’s divorce. Ditto for Travis Barker, Shanna Moakler, and their kids on MTV’s “Meet the Barkers.” Shortly after, Shanna threw herself a divorce party.

And don’t even get me started on all the reality TV couples who split up—Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro. Sadly, the only counter-examples I can think of are Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.

I’m just hoping the Palin divorce rumors never pan out. While I never, ever want them to be America’s first family, I do like Sarah and Todd as a couple. The Palins actually come across as a happy family that likes to adventure together and I hope that they can avoid the reality TV curse.

[NY Times]
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