Sarah Palin to star in television series on Alaska

NEW YORK Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:04pm EDT

Sarah Palin speaks during the National Tea Party Convention at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, February 6, 2010. REUTERS/Josh Anderson

Sarah Palin speaks during the National Tea Party Convention at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, February 6, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sarah Palin, widely considered to be weighing a run for president, will be the subject of a U.S. television series by a British producer famed for reality television, Discovery Communications Inc said on Thursday.

The show, called "Sarah Palin's Alaska," will be an eight-part series about the former governor of Alaska and her home state to premiere on The Learning Channel. The executive producer will be Mark Burnett, who produced the U.S. reality shows "Survivor" and "The Apprentice."

"I look forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans," Palin, the unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, said in a statement released by Discovery, which holds the rights to the series.

The television series is the latest media venture for Palin, 46, who was governor of Alaska from 2006 until she resigned in 2009.

Earlier this month publisher HarperCollins said Palin was working on a new book about American virtues and strengths. Her first book "Going Rogue," sold 2.2 million copies. She has also been hired by Fox News as a commentator.

Earlier this year Palin told Fox News she was open to a possible White House run in 2012 but had not made up her mind.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and David Storey)