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HBO’s “Game Change” a Ratings Disaster: Less Than Half the Audience of TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” Debut

By Gary P Jackson

They had some of Hollywood’s biggest names, the backing of a sycophantic, fawning media, and a huge marketing effort, and yet the phony baloney Game Change movie couldn’t beat the real thing.

That’s right folks, a housewife from Wasilla, Alaska, and a little travel-adventure show beat out, not only the biggest of the Hollywood bigs, but the Obama regime, and all of it’s minions, by more than two-to-one!

From Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood:

Game Change‘ Ratings Bust: Less than Half of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska‘ Debut

HBO’s anti-Sarah Palin film “Game Change” scored some pretty impressive ratings over the weekend – 2.1 million viewers, according to numbers released today.

But while the cable network may be tempted to spike the football, it might want to do some digging on some other Palin-related data first.

TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaskadebuted in 2010 to five million viewers, more than double the HBO figure. Now, TLC isn’t a pay channel like HBO, but the tally still undermines the narrative that audiences were clamoring to see a Palin takedown.

Plus, while HBO’s film got almost universally glowing reviews and all the media attention a title could muster, the TLC reality show debuted on a much less well known outlet sans universally positive press.

Even when one adds up the three “Game Change” airings on Saturday it still only comes to 3.6 million viewers, far less than the number of folks who caught Palin basking in her beloved Alaska two years ago.

I haven’t seen the numbers for The Undefeated on Reelz yet. It will be interesting to see how many tuned in, as Reelz reaches about three times as many households as HBO.


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Is An Emmy Award In Sarah Palin’s Future?

By Gary P Jackson

Could Sarah Palin add Emmy winner to her resume? You bet’cha!

From the L.A. Times:

Sarah Palin is definitely a candidate … for an Emmy

While Sarah Palin is busy touring America, she might want to plan a stop in Hollywood in September. While political pundits speculate about whether she’ll seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012, she may potentially receive an Emmy nomination next month. She’s an executive producer of her series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” which the TLC network has entered for consideration in four categories: cinematography, picture editing, music composition and best reality program

This would be quite a coup for Sarah Palin and TLC. The cinematography for the series was breathtaking and the musical score was moving. Obviously I’m biased as they come, but I think the travel-adventure series was by far the best “reality” show out there. To me it’s really a misnomer to call the show a “reality” show in the first place, it’s a far deeper series, but there you have it.

Mark Whittington opines:

TLC has entered “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” in four categories: cinematography, picture editing, music composition and best reality program.

Just from an artistic quality standard, the show does deserve at least a nomination in these categories. From a Hollywood political standard, one cannot imagine any possibility that Palin’s reality series would win anything. If there is one place where she is hated more than the newsrooms of America’s lamestream media, it is Hollywood.

Of course, the hatred is not universal. Recently Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, not exactly in Palin’s political camp, did stick up for her during the email kerfuffle. One suspects there a few in Hollywood who secretly like the Lady from Wasilla but, adhering to the politics that dare not speak its name in Tinseltown, remains pretty much silent about that fact.

One can just imagine the pandemonium that would ensue at the Emmy Awards ceremony this fall if Palin were to actually win Best Reality Show. It would be as if righty film director John Milius had won something for one of his movies. The rioting inside the hall would liven up an otherwise dull evening as the Mama Grizzly comes up to the stage to accept her award.

Just nominating Palin might actually be a good PR move. It would not only contradict the truism that Hollywood hates conservatives, but would create a lot of buzz and then ratings as people tune in to wonder will she or won’t she win and what happens then.

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Sarah Palin Sets The Media Straight On Alaska’s Film Production Tax Credit

By Gary P Jackson

For Sarah Palin, setting the corrupt media straight is a full time job. The latest lie has to do with tax credits the producers of Sarah Palin’s Alaska received. Sarah issued this statement: [emphasis mine]

Goodness, cleaning up the sloppiness of reporters could be a full time job. In response to The Daily Caller’s online inquiry, I gave them a statement that the writer buried on his story’s second page (which most people won’t even notice – I didn’t even notice it) after he spent the first page completely spinning a situation to give the impression that Alaska’s film production tax credit legislation was somehow solely my idea hatched up to benefit the Palins years before I was ever involved in a documentary series on TLC/Discovery Channel. Here’s setting the record straight: As Governor, I signed into law a popular bipartisan bill that was crafted and passed by others and has resulted in numerous Alaska-based productions that are airing today. The only alternative to signing the legislature’s work product would have been for me to veto their legislation, which would have been useless. Besides all that, their legislation worked.

This bill was not some secret big government agenda. These Alaskan legislators just wanted Alaska to be able to compete with the many other states that offer similar incentives. As I noted in my statement (which was curiously buried by The Daily Caller – whose editor-in-chief was recently called on the carpet for publicly using a degrading term to describe women), I can’t speak for the film tax credit programs in other states, but the program in Alaska has been effective. The bipartisan legislation I signed into law in 2008 was borne out of elected lawmakers’ frustration with the fact that shows and films about Alaska were mostly filmed elsewhere. They wanted to incentivize production companies to film in Alaska instead of Canada, Washington state, or Maine. Their bill worked, and as the legislation’s supporters will testify, the state’s economy enjoys the benefits of having this production money circulating right here at home. It was so successful that state lawmakers now want to renew the film production tax credits for another ten years.

Keep in mind that we don’t have a state income tax, state sales tax, or state property tax in Alaska. Our state government is predominately funded by oil and gas revenue. Essentially we are using revenue generated from the development of Alaska’s natural resources in order to diversify our economy and create jobs beyond just resource development. Not only does this help promote a new film industry in Alaska, it obviously also has the added benefit of encouraging our tourism industry. These shows and films about Alaska act as perfect tourist advertisements for our state. People come here to experience what they see on the shows filmed here. The dramatic increase in Alaska-based television shows and films are testament to the fact that this legislation worked, and it’s exciting to see our state showcased and appreciated. There has been more film productions here than ever before, and the economic benefit of filming here exceeds the tax credit.

And another point missed by this reporter: apparently The Daily Caller’s conspiracy theory must be that I did all of this not even to benefit myself but Mark Burnett Productions. As I tried to explain to the writer at The Daily Caller, if you believe in this bizarre scenario then why not ask the sponsors, drafters, and supporters of this legislation that would boost job creation if they crafted this bill years ago in order to benefit Sarah Palin.

Any suggestion that I somehow did something wrong by signing this legislation is ridiculous. The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s totally absurd. It wasn’t even my bill, and obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later. If you’re going to accuse me of benefiting from legislation I signed into law, why stop there?

Go ahead and accuse me of “benefiting” from the legislation my administration actually did craft – like for example, our oil and gas evaluation legislation (ACES).

You could say I “benefited” from it in the sense that due to ACES the state where I live (Alaska) now enjoys a $12 billion surplus. In fact, you could say that as an Alaskan, I benefited from all of the legislation I championed or signed as governor – just as every Alaskan benefited.

As I also tried to tell the reporter, it’s also a false accusation to suggest that signing this bipartisan bill somehow goes against my position on the proper role of government. I’ve said many times that government can play an appropriate role in incentivizing business, creating infrastructure, and leveling the playing field to foster competition so the market picks winners and losers, instead of bureaucrats burdening businesses and picking winners and losers.

Again, I can’t speak for what other states do, but Alaska’s film production tax credit program was an effective way to incentivize a new industry that would diversify our economy. It worked.

The lawmakers’ successful legislation fit Alaska’s economy, as our economy is quite unique from other states’ due to our oil and gas revenue. Perhaps it would behoove people to learn much more about the 49th state’s young economy before making broad accusations about the efficacy of business programs. People who live in ivory towers don’t understand the real world where governors and lawmakers actually have to fight to attract business and jobs to their states.

One final thought: having to set the record straight on my Facebook page yet again is further proof that the media can’t be trusted even to print a statement in a manner that people can read.

– Sarah Palin

You know the detractors of Sarah Palin are getting desperate when this is all they have left to bang her over the head with.

Anyone who watches TLC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and National Geographic knows the tax credits that were created during Sarah’s time as Governor are working like a charm. You have shows like The Deadliest Catch on Discovery, Ice Road truckers and Axe Men on the History Channel, and Alaska State Troopers on National Geographic, just to name a few. These shows, and others, have brought the magnificent state of Alaska into the world’s living room. No doubt it’s helped the local economies, as production crews spend money, and helped the state’s tourism business.

Before this was done, many shows about Alaska were filmed elsewhere. As Sarah points out, Canada and Washington have been used as stand-ins for Alaska. Most famously, the 1990’s hit television show Northern Exposure, which starred Janine Turner and Rob Morrow. The Golden Globe winning series was set in the fictional town Cicely, Alaska, but was actually filmed in Roslyn, Washington.

Many cities and states have film commissions that offer tax incentives to production companies. There is a lot of filming in and around Austin, Texas, for example. There is a vibrant film industry in the city because of the credits offers.

Hollywood was built on it. New York City has a film commission. And lest you think this isn’t necessary, one needs to remember that a lot of TV shows, especially those set in eastern cities, have been filmed in Canada, where it’s cheaper to film, and the government not only offers tax credits, but often cash incentives as well. Which brings us to the next point, tax credits [or tax exemptions, if you will] are not monies paid out, but simply tax monies not collected.

These incentives work. They attract filmmakers to Alaska. [or wherever they are offered] In turn, these filmmakers, their cast and crew, spend money in the local economy. And of course, in the case of the sort of shows coming out of Alaska, most definitely attract tourists.

The small tax credit the production company that created Sarah Palin’s Alaska received is chump change considering the advertising benefit the state’s tourism bureau received.

In world of sports marketing there is a firm called Joyce Julius & Associates. Their focus is analyzing the number of “impressions” someone watching an event gets of a sponsor’s product. This is especially effective in NASCAR and NHRA Drag Racing.

JJ&A looks at how many times a viewer is exposed to the sponsor’s product, and even grades the quality of the exposure. Time on the air, placement of the sponsor’s logo, and other criteria is used. JJ&A will then write detailed reports for the sponsors, who use these reports to evaluate whether or not they are getting their money’s worth from their marketing partnership with any given team.

When you look at the nine episodes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and add up the total high quality impressions of Alaska’s natural beauty the viewer was treated to, I’d say the state of Alaska come out way ahead. The same can’t be said for Tucker Carlson and his rag, The Daily Caller.

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Ratings For “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” Rise Significantly

By Gary P Jackson

Ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska have taken a nice jump for week three of the eight week event. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Sarah Palin’s Alaska delivered 3.5 million viewers Sunday night, rising 17% at the conclusion of the holiday weekend.

Normally when ratings go down double digits for a second episode, the third outing generally falls at least a little, but not in this case. Palin may also have benefited from some weaker competition (ABC had the Country Music Awards the previous week). Even so, this is great news for TLC.

This is quite delicious. When last week’s numbers came out, and showed a drop off from the record breaking premier episode’s numbers, the loony left proclaimed [for what seems like the billionth time] Sarah Palin was done.

Of course, this is insanity, but I guess we should expect that from the insane!

The first episode benefited from unprecedented promotion, including a roll out the week before in theaters nationwide. This created an incredible buzz..

As stated above week two was hurt by not only a competitive football game, but the CMA’s as well, and there is a ton of audience crossover there. Of course one thing these ratings reports fail to take into account is the fact that viewers learned if they missed the show on Sunday, they have several opportunities during the week to see the show after it’s original airing. The media is only reporting on the Sunday night audience, so the numbers are not total viewership.

One thing about it, Sarah Palin’s Alaska is a real hit and drawing more than respectable numbers.

Liberals and RINOs hardest hit!


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TLC Invites You To A Special Premier Preview Of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”

By Gary P Jackson

TLC has announced it will preview the premier episode Sarah Palin’s Alaska in select theaters across the country. Here’s a chance to see the show on the big screen and enjoy Alaska’s majestic beauty.

From TLC:


TLC Offers Special Preview Of New 8-Week Television Event

TLC is offering your town an opportunity to visit SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA in a special theater screening of the premiere episode.

Here’s the schedule:

Atlanta,GA on Wednesday – 11/10
Click here to get tickets!

Buffalo,NY on Wednesday – 11/10
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Kansas City,MO on Wednesday – 11/10
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Tulsa, OK on Wednesday – 11/10
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Columbus,OH on Thursday – 11/11
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Houston,TX on Thursday – 11/11
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Minneapolis,MN on Thursday – 11/11

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Phoenix, AZ on Thursday – 11/11
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Tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis, so be sure to get yours now!!

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Another Sarah Palin’s Alaska Sneak Peek: The Mama Bear

In this sneak peek from Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Sarah escapes her busy schedule to spend quality time with her family. They go salmon fishing in bear country. Don’t miss a moment when Sarah Palin’s Alaska premieres Sunday, Nov. 14 at 9/8C only on TLC.

Another neat little preview of Sarah’s new show on TLC.

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TLC Previews “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”

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By Gary P Jackson

TLC, The Learning Channel, has released a preview of Sarah Palin’s epic 8 week event: Sarah Palin’s Alaska. If this preview is representative of the show to come, it’s going to be a real event indeed.

Alaska is our last frontier, a magnificent, untamed beauty. It will be a real treat to get a personal tour of the state by Alaska’s favorite daughter, Sarah Palin.

Check out the Sarah Palin’s Alaska Website for more info:


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First Look At “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” On TLC

By Gary P Jackson

From the NY Post’s Michael Starr:

Home on the range

Keeping up with the Palins

If Sarah Palin decides to run for president in 2012, she’ll have had more TV face time than anyone since Ronald Reagan.

Here’s the first look at her upcoming reality TV show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” set to debut in mid November (the week after the crucial mid-term elections, wink, wink) on TLC.

The show, described as a “docuseries,” follows Palin around Alaska, the state she used to govern, while she goes salmon fishing, camping and hiking along glaciers and talking to the people who live there.

The entire Palin clan — including (below from left) son Track, daughters Piper, Willow and Bristol, baby Trig and husband Todd — gets some camera time on the series created by “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett.

In one episode, the family watches a July 4th fireworks show — while it’s still light out (thanks to Alaska’s long summer days). Another episode features Palin and reality-show star Kate Gosselin, who took her eight kids up to the Alaska to meet the political superstar.

The local papers and Sarah’s own Twitter page have been tracking where the Palins have been filming each week — including picturesque Talkeetna (outside Anchorage), Mount McKinley and a “sliver” of the Denali glacier called Sweettooth.

This is one of the things that makes Sarah Palin so appealing to Americans of all stripes. She is not just one of the most astute politicians of our time, she is also one of us. An every day gal who enjoys living life to the fullest.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska promises to be a lot of fun, and a great look at the last frontier, that magnificent state Sarah calls home.

Politically, we always compare Sarah to the Great Ronald Reagan, but when it comes to the love of all things outdoors, Sarah is more Teddy Roosevelt. When you think about it, that’s a pretty good combination of traits: Reagan’s solid conservatism and Roosevelt’s love of the land.

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