Since being chosen as John McCain’s VP pick, Sarah Palin has been a constant fixture in the news cycle. She’s appeared as a guest on Fox News, had her own reality show on TLC, and has been a consistent, if not constant, presence in the Republican primaries. Well now she has another shot at reality TV glory with Palin Rules, a courtroom show in the style of Judge Judy. However, there is one major difference between Palin and Judge Judy. One of them, Judge Judy, has a law degree and was, in fact, a judge prior to getting her TV show.
The show’s producer, Larry Lyttle, doesn’t seem too worried about Palin’s lack of legal education, though, since he says she will be presiding over “a courtroom of common sense.” He went on to discuss how Palin’s time in government would help make up for the lack of a law degree saying, “She’s appointed judges and is well equipped as a former governor to preside over cases.” As with shows such as Judge Judy, those who appear before Palin will have to sign an agreement stating that they will abide by her decison and won’t appeal it.
The new show’s producer, Lyttle, is a veteran of courtroom shows with a strong track record. Lyttle was the man behind the creation of Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown. He clearly knows what audiences want when it comes to courtroom-style reality shows, so it’s possible he’s struck TV-gold once again. However, despite the former governor’s popularity in conservative circles, Palin’s last foray into reality TV didn’t do so well. Sarah Palin’s Alaska only lasted nine episodes. In the end, it was on the air for less than three months.
Howard Bragman, who works for a PR firm representing the show’s production company, said that the former governor’s personality would help the show stand out from other courtroom-based reality TV shows and went on to compare them to late night talk shows.
‘It’s about different personalities and different styles. Same way late night talk shows are different as dictated by the hosts. Similar format — different show.’
Palin was recently in the news for her endorsement of Donald Trump. You can watch the video of that endorsement here: