Former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Bristol Palin is slated to step back into the limelight. She has signed a new, 10-episode reality show with Lifetime.
Despite a number of angry viewers and life-threatening messages that Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaskan Governor, gathered after her “DWTS” appearance in the 11th season of the show, the young mom has quite a large fan base.
Lifetime yesterday revealed that the 10 half-an-episode gig focuses on the life of the 21-year-old mother as she raises her 3-year-old son, Tripp, and hence the show is named “Life’s a Tripp”.
While the new series is in production and is slated to air sometime later this year, the executive vice president of programming for Lifetime, Rob Sharenow, stated in a press release, “From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding. This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, mother and a young woman making her way in the world.”
“Life’s a Tripp” will also focus on the close relationship Bristol has with her high-profile parents, Todd and Sarah Palin, and her other siblings.
Bristol is not new to camera flashlights following her around. She first came into the limelight in 2008, when her mother, Sarah Palin, became vice presidential candidate of GOP. The then 18-year-old became an object of national attention when she gave birth to the son of Levi Johnston, to whom she was not married. The two have been engaged and broke the engagement twice ever since.
The show is also offering Johnston a role. However, whether it will portray a bad picture of him as Tripp’s father still remains to be seen.
"I don't like surprises," Johnston’s manager, Tank Jones, said in a report. "I don't want him to walk into a bad situation -- not that we necessarily think it will be. We're just trying to be careful so we're looking at everything before he decides to participate in the show."
Palin has been working with Candie’s Foundation ever since Tripp’s birth, advocating abstinence and speaking against teen pregnancy. In 2010, the then teen mom appeared on the 11th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and got third position in the competition. She’s been a NY Times bestselling author for her book, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far”, which chronicles her personal life.