Just when you think the media love affair with the Palin family has finally come to a merciful end, along comes this news to drag us all back in again. 


Lifetime, for some reason or another, has greenlit a 10-episode reality series called "Life's a Tripp" focused on Bristol Palin, her son Tripp, and their lives in Alaska. 


“From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding," said Rob Sharenow. "This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, a mother and a young woman making her way in the world."


OK, but do we really need another Palin-themed reality television show? "Sarah Palin's Alaska," despite being hacked apart by critics, was something of a ratings darling for TLC. The former Alaska governor, vice presidential candidate and conservative pundit walked away from offers for a second season to focus on other ambitions — and rumors persist that she might return. But as one network insider told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think it’s safe to say her time has passed.”


Or so we thought. Until this news, all other fresh attempts by the Palin family to squeeze cash out of the reality scene were thwarted. In November, a series picked up by the BIO network starring Bristol and her fellow "Dancing with the Stars" member Kyle Massey was scrapped before it even aired. In December, attempts to focus the cameras on father Todd Palin's snowmobile adventures were also crushed
But alas, Lifetime has come to resurrect the Palin family's reality television dreams. If you're curious to finally know everything there is to know about Bristol Palin (well, almost — the rest will be saved for season two, three, etc.), look for the series to air sometime later this year. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Bristol Palin reality series coming to Lifetime
Network says 'Life's a Tripp' will follow the young mother 'making her way in the world.'