Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a deal for a "Judge Judy"-type reality TV show, People reports
Palin in February inked a deal for the show that is set to premiere in daytime syndication in fall 2017, People quoted an unnamed source. The show does not yet have a title.
"It's a production deal," the source told People. "What happens next is she'll meet with stations, make a pilot and sell it."
The show will be produced by the Montana-based company Warm Springs, which has put together a team that includes the TV executive who discovered TV jurists Judge Judy Sheindlin and Judge Joe Brown.
Unlike Sheindlin and Brown, Palin has no legal background, but the source explained that Palin has other qualities.
"Palin's telegenic personality, wide appeal and common sense wisdom make her a natural for this kind of format and she was Warm Springs' top pick for this project," the source told People.
confirmed the news, quoting public relations executive Howard Bragman, who represents Warm Springs.
"She's sold millions of books, one of which sold over 2 million copies, she's a proven ratings draw, she has close to 6 million followers on social media, she has a huge audience and you can say that audience corresponds well with a daytime audience," Bragman told USA Today.
Palin's lack of legal background is not a hindrance to acting as a judge on television, Raw Story notes
, since such shows are not actual courtrooms anyway. Participants agree to avoid court and have the TV judge rule on their case in binding arbitration.
Palin is a veteran of reality TV, having starred in "Sarah Palin's Alaska" and "Briston Palin: Life's a Tripp."
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