* "Life's a Tripp" follows single mom to LA and back
* Palin says viewers will see her real self
* Producer calls it "no-holds-barred look" at Palin
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES, June 15 Bristol Palin says she is
just a "grounded, normal mom", and is hoping her new reality TV
show will prove it.
"Life's a Tripp", which premieres on the Lifetime channel on
Tuesday, June 19, is being promoted as an inside look at the
life of "America's most famous teen mom" in the face of intense
It follows the eldest daughter of polarizing conservative
politician Sarah Palin as she embarks on her latest adventure -
a move from her Wasilla, Alaska hometown to a Los Angeles
mansion owned by a family friend, and back again - along with
her young son Tripp.
"People are going to see the real Bristol in this show,"
Palin, now 21, told the "Good Morning America" TV news and chat
show. "I'm just a grounded, normal mom."
Palin burst onto the national scene four years ago in what
she now calls "one of the most intense and embarrassing ways
possible" as the accidentally pregnant, unmarried 17-year-old
daughter of the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate.
She has since parlayed her notoriety into a lucrative career
as a speaker on teen pregnancy prevention, a somewhat
tongue-tied stint on "Dancing With the Stars", a 2011 memoir, a
controversial blog, and now her own 10-episode reality show.
"Bristol really didn't hold back. As the series progresses,
she really opens up her life to us," Matt Lutz, one of the
show's producers, told Reuters.
"We see her relationship with her son, with her family, her
boyfriend, we see her struggles as a single mom, and struggling
dealing with her ex-fiance Levi Johnston and his role in Tripp's
life. It's really a no-holds-barred look at Bristol's life,"
VOLUNTEERING, SHOPPING, FIGHTING
Early episodes of the show see Bristol doing volunteer work
for a few weeks at small Los Angeles charity "Help the
Children", while her 17-year-old sister Willow takes care of
3-year-old Tripp - until Willow gets fed up and packs her bags
In between times, the sisters hang out at cafes, take Tripp
to playgrounds, argue over childcare and disparage L.A's
trashier clothing styles while shopping.
Bristol Palin also rides a mechanical bull during a night
out with friends in a Hollywood bar, and she runs into a heckler
who calls her mother evil and a whore.
The heckler this week filed a lawsuit accusing Palin of
defamation for citing the 2011 incident in her decision to leave
Los Angeles and accusing Lifetime of filming him without
Clearly ill at ease in the Hollywood spotlight, Palin moved
back to Alaska after about three months of filming, and the show
returns with her to follow her life back home.
The larger Palin clan of five children and mom Sarah, who
were seen in last year's reality series "Sarah Palin's Alaska",
are also featured, producers say.
"Once we head back to Alaska, you see her in her natural
environment with her family. I think the later episodes are more
representative of her life but the first few are her having an
experience and an adventure in Los Angeles," said Lutz.
That adventure wasn't Bristol Palin's first solo effort. She
bought a house in Phoenix, Arizona in late 2010 but rented it
out after a few months before selling it in the spring of 2012.
The series has a nomadic history of its own. It was first
planned as a show about Palin sharing an L.A. apartment with her
"Dancing With the Stars" pal Kyle Massey and his actor brother
Chris and was expected to air on the BIO channel in 2011.
BIO scrapped it and Lifetime took over, retooling it as a
series focusing on Palin and her son.
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Dale Hudson)