Lifetime’s Reality TV Show, “Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp” Needs A Bieber Like Ratings Attraction

Note to the producers: Get someone like Justin Bieber on the show if you want to succeed

By DiMarkco Chandler

What is the attraction for viewers to tune in and watch Lifetime’s new reality show, “Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp?” It can’t be because she is a teen mom. Those days are over. The soon to be 22-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has landed a paying television gig, but it is hard to determine exactly why people will tune in to watch the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant. As far back as 2010, when Palin was in fact a teen mom, it would have taken a marketing blitz to guarantee the single mom a significant measure of success. With that attraction no longer a factor, what new feature will viewers find important enough to watch?

Sure, the title is catchy. That’s why you hire a professional team of writers and marketing experts to build a reality show’s brand, but will that be enough?

I can remember, back in 2010, the release of Justin Bieber’s song Baby. The hit song included a cautionary tale warning teens of the very real consequences of teen pregnancy, especially unplanned pregnancy. I know producers wish they could capitalize on this kind of scenario. But that was then, this is now; a combination of Justin Bieber and Bristol Palin would spell mega success especially once you’re able to integrate the teen-mom theme into your narrative. Unfortunately, the producers of “Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp” don’t have that luxury.

That brings us to focus in on the issues that surround Palin today. She is already being sued over a show that has yet to air its first episode. Based on the lawsuit, we learn that the plaintiff was caught heckling Bristol as she road a mechanical bull during the taping of one of the show’s segments. Sources also reveal that much of what the plaintiff is caught on air shouting is simply a rehash of his personal anger and dislike for the ex-governor of Alaska. Save us from the boring details. There is nothing measurably interesting about this type of old news to make viewers find the show important enough to tune in weekly.

My recommendation is for the producers to find a way to get someone with the star power of a Justin Bieber if they want the show to last more than one season.

What are your thoughts?

5 Responses to "Lifetime’s Reality TV Show, “Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp” Needs A Bieber Like Ratings Attraction"

  1. Megan D   July 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I love her show!!!

  2. Debbie   July 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I watched the first show and was hooked! I find Bristol to be an intelligent, well spoken young lady and an extremely caring mom whose relationship with her son truly touches the heart. While I may not agree with a lot of her mom’s political views, I am still able to see past the political bull and appreciate the closeness and strength of the whole Palin family…..and that”s coming from a liberal!! Way to go Bristol, stay true to yourself, your son and your family! And keep that loser Levy out of your and Tripp’s life!!!!

  3. My   July 6, 2012 at 2:30 am

    The song is called Get Back up by Jess Furman:)

  4. Rayna   June 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I am not a fan of Sarah Palin; however, Bristol is putting herself out there and that should be commended. I know, it is reality television but it takes guts. If you do not like it, simply do not watch. Does anyone know the theme song at the beginning? I really enjoyed it and have tried to find it. I think the same goes for Sarah, she may not be the brightest crayon in the box but through constant scrutiny she continues to stand up and speak out. Again….takes guts. I do not use the word “should” very often but we SHOULD learn to love and respect our brothers and sisters around the world

  5. Pakalani   June 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    There must be some ultra right wing christian conservatives at Lifetime who want to gain some kind of unnamed favor with Sarah Palin. Why else would they offer a show to a young woman with no college education, nothing to say except ‘don’t do what I did’ and who is, at best, a shill for her mother’s repugnant beliefs and opinions. I hope the mortgages are paid on both Bristol’s houses; she won’t make much from this fiasco.

    Note to Mr. Chandler: You need to actually proof read your writing; spell check can’t do that for you. While I appreciate your intention in writing this article, the typos give it an amateurish quality.

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