Though TLC's reality series, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," was derided immediately after it was announced
, it has been an undeniably huge hit for the network. The premiere brought in more than 5 million viewers — a record for any TLC show — and remained fairly steady with 2.6 million to 3.5 million for the remainder of the seven episodes.
If this were any other show, those numbers alone would mean an instant green light for a second season. This being Sarah Palin, however, a potential 2012 Republican nominee for president, nothing is assured except speculation — and, believe me, there's plenty of it.
According to PopEater
, a source said that Palin wants to squeeze more cash out of TLC in return for a second season. It's reported that she already makes about $250,000 per episode, but now may be asking for millions.
"Sarah knows to strike when the iron is hot and started talking about season two right after the show debuted to huge numbers," the source said. "She knows that celebrities get millions of dollars for each episode of their shows and thinks she's worth it too. Jennifer Aniston took home millions from 'Friends' and in Sarah's eyes, she's no different."
Sound like rubbish? Rebecca Mansour, Palin's speechwriter agrees — recently tweeting
: "Rule of thumb: anything PopEater reports about Sarah Palin is completely made up — as in fabricated out of thin air."
According to Chris Good over at The Atlantic
, Conservatives4Palin have also dismissed the rumors that she'll return for a second season. Says Good, "If Palin did return to film again, the timing would be decidedly inconvenient."
He's referring to the 2012 Republican presidential primaries
. Though Palin has yet to announce if she's running, if there were a second season on the campaign trail, it would have absolutely nothing to do with Alaska.
So, hang tight. While some viewers might not be thrilled
about watching another round of Palin and Co. hunting, fishing, and hiking, it might be preferable to watching her make a run for president. (Personally, that's one reality I'd prefer stay fiction.)