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. USA

    These reality shows are proof positive that the country is going to hell in a hand basket! Stop watching this crap and paying these loons money for doing absolutely NOTHING!! Housewives, Jersey Shore, among many are ridiculous ... think about their paychecks as you idiots go off and WORK for a living ... they make more per episode than you do in a year. Stop watching this JUNK!

    August 10, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Rick in Massachusetts

    Really, no, I mean REALLY!!! We're going to make a millionaire out of this guy because he didn't use a condom? No wonder we are raising a generation of disrespectful spoiled brats. Look at the crap we feed them on television and who we are telling them their idols are by doing so. Would the last person that can reach the roll please grab a handful and wipe the seat cause we are definitely going down the crapper.

    August 10, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Loving Levi?

    can this kid be any more into himself?

    "The Road to the Mayor's Office"; this is such a waste of time and oxygen

    I hope no one has so little to do that they will watch this

    August 10, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Kathy D.

    Levi, your fifteen minutes of fame were up twenty minutes ago. Give it up!!

    August 10, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. bigTEXoil

    This nonsense started with McCain picking Palin now we can't get rid of them....the saga continues

    August 10, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Willy Brown

    Who keeps setting up this poor sap.

    August 10, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Beth

    I don't even know what to say. I'm seriously just sitting here shaking my head...

    August 10, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. BobH

    Palin and Johnston would make a hilarious pair in a run for the White House. And if they got in, we'd have a ready for primetime reality show!

    August 10, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Vanessa

    Seriously? I think it is time we stop creating celebrities. Enough is enough.

    August 10, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. John Starnes

    I will never forgive John "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" McCain for unleashinhg this ever-increasingly embarassing circus of narcissists on America. Jerry Springer seems high brow by comparison.

    August 10, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. steve

    That's exactly what Palin et all is, a Reality TV Show!

    August 10, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. mkemick

    this Palin family cartoon show is a hoot, it makes Ozzies bunch look mainstream.

    August 10, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. John

    Wont a chump, the news media is making a laughing stock out of him by blowing up his head making him feel like he is something when he is not.

    August 10, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. FM

    This is the outcome of when unnecessary people are paraded before the public. Sarah has to regret this forever. The saying "think first before you act" should had been taken seriously by in her!

    August 10, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Jim S.

    That isn't funny. And anyone who even watches that show, if any production company is stupid enough to pick up the pilot, should be ashamed of themselves for enabling such irresponsibility.

    August 10, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. fritz

    The fact that I choose to even respond to this is a joke however, as much as I admire the strong folks that live in Alaska, I read all this news/garbage about Palin, her family, and her reputation, and wonder of there isn't a bit of incestuous behavior going on. Levi, simply a feminine hygenical product, want Palin's old job to iritate her. He's no more qualified for anything above slaughterhouse floor cleaner that Sarah was when she was mayor. What a bunch of idiots and if the town even elects them, well, maybe God will treat them to a plague of locusts, or at the very least, infertility!

    August 10, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Roscoe

    If he wins, he can declare a Possum Day festival and Sarah and Bristol can campaign to be Possum Queen.

    He's seen how doing nothing all day can lead to a lot of cash so he's ready to follow Sarah's footsteps. He can quit the job a week after winning the election.

    August 10, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. SteveR

    Why is this not surprising. The whole Palin situation is nuts. She's a gum smackin caribou huntin plain talkin word creatin daughter ignorin job quittin money grubbin jerk. She'll make a great reality show cartoon president. Why should levi miss out on the ride. hilarious You BETCHA

    August 10, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Chris Stockard

    This is way beyond pathetic. This immature and self-promoting egotistic kid 's only claim to "fame" is the fact that he got his naive girlfriend pregnant, and was a possible candidate in the pregnancy of a former girlfriend. What's even more disgusting is that a promoter caters to his dreams of notoriety, and that he and they have no qualms about stooping however low it takes to make the almighty dollar.

    August 10, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Then he can become the mayor of BEV ER LY HILLS...and bring the wife and younguns there in the pickup...with Momma Grizzly in a rocker chair in the back...Wilst Levi is mayorin...Momma Grizzly is at home makin potions and bakin moose and possum...BOY HOWDY!!

    August 10, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Robert

    If Sarah Palin can be mayor of Wasilla, anyone can be, clearly.

    August 10, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. maine liberal

    LOL palins not looking for the lime light

    August 10, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Roger

    Themedia should portray exactly what this guy is - a BUM.

    August 10, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. what a joke

    Just a tad full of himself, eh?

    August 10, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    He is nothing but an opportunist, whose first attempt to "get ahead" was to marry the Governor's daughter.

    He is pretty much a despicable person, and TV should show him the cold shoulder.

    August 10, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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