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Sarah Palin: A 'fruit bat in fleece and Gore-Tex'?

By Melissa Bell
The Palin family. (Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images)

Today a review by The Post's Hank Stuever had one of the wilder lead paragraphs I've read lately:

Who is this woman, this fruit bat in fleece and Gore-Tex, clenching the side of the rock face above a glacier, screaming "Tahhd! Tahhd!" at her husband, piercing the tranquillity of the Alaskan paradise?

He's speaking about the former governor of Alaska and her new TLC show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

The show airs Sunday at 9 p.m., and at least one thing is certain: TLC picked the right political party if they're gambling on a hit show. The Hollywood Reporter writes about the results of a months-long survey conducted by media research company Experian Simmons.

Viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV. Of the top 10 broadcast shows on TV in the spring, nine were ranked more favorably by viewers who identify themselves as Republican.

Democrats are not nearly as devoted to the top hits and prefer more modestly rated titles, such as "Mad Men" or "Dexter."

Stuever, though, thinks Palin's show could find bipartisan viewers:

Let's say you love Sarah Palin: Then you'll of course watch the show. Let's say you don't love Sarah Palin: It holds something for you, too, besides the opportunity to mock. ... "Sarah Palin's Alaska" can be a delightful foray into the macabre. What if the ice gives way? What if the plane crashes? Don't even think about it! (Okay . . . think about it just a tiny bit. TLC seems to be daring us to. Danger is a constant theme, whether political or natural, and Palin apparently loves it.)

By Melissa Bell  | November 10, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
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