Bristol Palin lands her own TV reality show
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Single mom Bristol Palin has landed her own reality TV show, and producers say she will allow cameras "exclusive access" into her personal life for the first time.
The small U.S. BIO cable channel said on Monday it had ordered 10 half-hour episodes of a documentary series that will follow Palin and her two year-old son Tripp as they move to Los Angeles and work for a small charity there.
Palin, 20, the unmarried elder daughter of Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, became a celebrity in her own right last year by waltzing her way to the finals of "Dancing With the Stars" despite having two left feet.
Late last year she bought a five-bedroom house near Phoenix, Ariz., with her earnings from the show and as a spokeswoman for a teen abstinence campaign group. At the time, she was reported planning to attend college there.
But the as-yet-untitled TV documentary will see Palin moving in with two former child stars, brothers Kyle and Christoper Massey. She and Kyle competed on the same season of "Dancing with the Stars."
The series will follow her work for an as-yet-unidentified Los Angeles charity and is scheduled to air in late 2011, BIO channel said.
"Bristol is the kind of personality BIO is drawn to," said David McKillop, executive vice president of programing at BIO Channel.
"Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years but this will be the first time she's opening up her real life, with her son and her friends the Massey Brothers," he added.
Monday's announcement follows speculation that Palin may have have undergone plastic surgery. Photos taken at an appearance by the young mom at a red carpet event in New York last week showed her with a slimmer, heart-shaped face and chin.
In March, Palin signed a deal for a book about her life growing up in Alaska in the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother Sarah, who grabbed the national spotlight when she was chosen as Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008 elections.
Sarah Palin, who starred in her own reality series for TLC last year, is weighing a presidential run in 2012.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)
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