For those Americans, and others, who find the Palin family unpalatable and are fed-up with all the press and screen time they get, here's the good news: Bristol Palin's new reality show is not only being trashed in reviews, its ratings were abysmal.
There is, however, bad news for that crowd as Bristol is considering a political career. While doing a recent promo for her Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp on the Lifetime channel, the 21-year-old told Sean Hannity of Fox News that "I don't think I'd shut the door (on politics) completely yet."
Bristol Palin: Life's a Sad Tripp
Whether or not she shuts doors on following Mom, Sarah Palin, into politics, it does appear the public is shutting the door on her show, which premiered Tuesday. Her numbers saw just 726,000 tune in, and while that might seem plenty - most of us would be ecstatic to have that many pay attention to us, no? - it doesn't auger well for sustaining the program.
The show, which mostly follows Bristol around as she quarrels with her sister or says odd things about parenting the 3-year-old Tripp, isn't being looked kindly on by reviewers. The Boston Herald's Mark A. Perigard referred to it as her "Tripp to nowhere" while the Hollywood Gossip said it was "terrible in every respect" and may be the "worst show of our time."
Newsday's Verne Gay, who has seen two episodes, was more detailed in his review of the show: "Life's a Tripp isn't inept as much as just plain sad. At no point does anyone - at least on camera - tell Bristol that this terrible idea for a reality show would subject her, or her family and friends, to ridicule. And based on the first two episodes, there is plenty of ridicule to go around."
Heckler Stephen Hanks sues Life's a Tripp
A scene in the first episode that's actually of interest, in a train-wreck kind of way, is when she's heckled by the 47-year-old Stephen Hanks, just some guy in the bar they were shooting at. His language is over the top rude as he says nasty things about her and her Mom. Bristol's confronting of him is the most compelling segment - she rightly predicts that he's gay, which somehow escalates things further - and despite being the aggressor and using degrading language, he's the one doing the suing, bringing suit against Palin and the show.
While Sarah Palin's reality show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, managed to last for three months, from November of 2010 until January of 2011, look for TV to tire of watching Bristol do a strange job of parenting Tripp long before he's forced to defend his Mom after she goes into politics.