August 10th, 2010
08:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Johnston running for Palin's old job in reality show

Levi Johnston wants to be the star of a new reality show that will profile his campaign to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
Levi Johnston wants to be the star of a new reality show that will profile his campaign to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

(CNN) – Levi Johnston wants to run for Sarah Palin's former job – with cameras watching him at every step.

Stone & Company Entertainment confirmed to CNN that it is actively shopping a show that will feature Johnston seeking his former almost-mother-in-law's old post as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

The show, to be called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office," will feature the trials and tribulations of America's most famous teen dad as he enters the world of politics while continuing to dabble in Hollywood, Stone also confirmed.

First reported by Variety, the company confirms it is already shooting the pilot and is shopping it to several networks.


When the show was first floated to Johnston – who recently broke off his engagement to Palin's eldest daughter, Bristol, for the second time – he wasn't thrilled with the idea of following in the former Alaska governor's footsteps.

"But the more I think about it and look into it, I think there's a possibility we can make it happen," Johnston told Variety. "It's something that I want to do."

That it might.  The former mayor of Wasilla, Verne E. Rupright, won in a 2008 runoff election with a total of 466 votes.  The next mayoral election won't be held until 2012, but Johnston may seek a seat on the city council in the meantime.

Johnston also told Variety he hopes the show exposes his true character.

"It's hard to figure me out," he said. "You've got to follow me around. I'm very different. I lead a crazy life. But it will basically be both worlds, my life in Hollywood and back home, the real country boy that I am."


Filed under: 2012 • Alaska • Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Danielle

    He needs to get a job to support that baby then get an education and quit making a fool of himself.

    August 10, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Joy

    You've got to be kidding! I'm not sure who is dumber, Levi or Stone & Company.

    August 10, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. amanda phoenix

    Really, the fame clock run out on this loser a long time ago.
    Advice to Levi, become an involved father of your child, you screwed up, this is a good time to redeem yourself, not going after a job you really dont want but will take for the sake of seeing your face on TV for that little bit longer.

    August 10, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. julibear

    aaaaand, thank you John McCain!

    August 10, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. Tom in Atlanta

    If there were ever a pair that deserved each other...

    August 10, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Sara

    John McCain should be beat with a red hot poker for foisting this bunch of idiots on the American people.

    August 10, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Terry - Indiana

    Instead of "Dallas" we can call it "Wasilla", and the main character can get the previous mayor's daughter pregnant, and the ex-mayor can do a reality show in which she runs for Governor, and quits that job....

    August 10, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. lfs

    no wonder why the world thinks the US is a joke.....

    August 10, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Anne-Marie

    I am speechless, just speechless...

    If the people of that village elect him, then they deserve him...

    August 10, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. JohninTampa

    These hillbillies from Wasilla sure keep the fun in politics.

    August 10, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Eric in Manhattan

    I look at it this way: if Sarah Palin was elected mayor, the bar must be sooooooooo low that Levi has a good chance to win!

    August 10, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Bob

    He should be running for govna! You betcha. Well maybe he doesn't meet the age requirement for that. Anyone know where to send in a campaign contribution? LOL

    August 10, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. iesh

    Oh Come ON already!
    This guy is a joke.

    But then again they elected SP...

    August 10, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Nana5

    This kid is just that – a big kid. What a joke he is and Bristol should run as fast as she can and stay the heck away from him. His head is so messed up – he is nothing but a player and is after fame – matter of fact with his ego and Obama's, maybe he should shoot for higher things and go try for Obama's sidekick. OMG these people make me sick to my stomach with their ego and arrogance. Just what we need – another airhead in politics. ANd people wonder why America is in the shape it is in – wake up people and STOP VOTING FOR THESE IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yes, all caps means I am screaming!!

    August 10, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Ben Ben

    I'll watch this before I watch that idiot Palin's show.

    August 10, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. Sarah please........

    ........And this circus just keeps getting funnier and funnier and funnier......... Will it EVER end???

    Dysfunctionality at it's best. What a bunch of inbreds..........

    August 10, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Moderate

    Might as well, she doesn't need it any more

    August 10, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Hendrik

    Yeah, another saga in this redneck family!! Can't get any better than that.

    Normal people would feel embarassed (sp) by being the object of so many jokes but the Palins obviously don't. It is mind boggling but probably not surprising that the uneducated Republican base, the ones that eat at the trough of Beck and the like, eat this woman and her family up. They just cannot get past her decent but perhaps skanky looks.

    Yikes.

    August 10, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Jim

    An actual elected office shouldn't be used as a plot device for some stupid reality show. Levi needs to show some respect for the political process, even if it is a small town.

    August 10, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Steve Whinfield

    The Beverly Hillbillies

    August 10, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Dogboy

    Rightwing or leftwing, liberal or democrate, It does not mater. the fact that this guy is a thorn in good old Sarahs side is WONDERFUL! and I'm sure there are a boat lad of people out there that agree.

    August 10, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. prav

    I thought I had seen enough dumbness from this family and people associated with it. Everytime I think they have hit rock bottom, they better themselves with one more, what with Mama Bear and baby bear's eye rolling at a teacher in the now viral video. I guess they are really good at "drill baby drill". Just keep getting better at plumbing lower and lower depths of ridiculousness.

    August 10, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. bob

    This guy will be elected president before Sarah will ever hold another political office.

    August 10, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. HadesInAHandbasket

    This is just disgusting...this kid is running for public office for which he has NO qualifications for, and is hoping to win based soley on the popularity of the scandal involving him and the Palins.

    This child should be trying to finish school and start a career somewhere to build up some life experience, not jump straight from happy meals and power rangers into position of leadership.

    I find it equally disgusting that an entertainment company is exploiting his ignorance and idiocy by wanting to make a reality show of it. Levi has been on a steady track of really messing up his life for over a year now, but if left alone he has a chance to straighten out. Put him on a reality show about him trying to become Mayor just because he is in the tabloids and he'll never recover. 10 years from now he'll be right up there with Vanilla Ice, Milli Vanilli, and New Coke.

    August 10, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. R Low

    Are we a nation of complete idiots?

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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