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

Johnston running for Palin's old job in reality show

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. E

    Why? Why would anyone want this kid as a mayor? Does he have any sort of education past high school? This sounds like nothing more than a publicity stunt to keep Levi's name in the papers/on the air. Sick of hearing about this whole Palin/Levi/Bristol mess these days.

    August 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Jason

    I think that this should end up on SNL's weekend review segment in the "Really?!?!" skit.

    August 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. David

    No need, to placing any more idiots in government roles.

    August 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Texas Independent

    Just when it seems like the Palin saga can't get any more absurd.....

    August 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Jim

    Another wet fart of a show. Let's hope the American people are not that stupid to watch this useless camera hungry fool, but then again...

    August 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. David

    Hey, why not? He's totally unqualified, inexperienced, uneducated, has a history of moral and ethical hiccups, is wrong for this job, and a terrible person, all of which seem to be redeeming qualities to Alaskan voters.

    August 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. from the bluffs

    It's totally beyond me why anyone would waste their time watching a reality show. They must be really bored and lead an extremely uneventful life. They could spice up their lives by turning off mindless programming, and improving their knowledge, challenging themselves physically or mentally, or helping people in their communities. Or, how about playing with their kids, or helping their parents? There are a million more exciting and beneficial things to do than watching some fake people lead unrealistic lives on TV.

    August 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Chas Norris Jr.

    AMAZING what people find interesting...

    August 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. tooty

    This guy is nothing but a handsome-faced parasite.

    August 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. cathy

    Unbelievable that someone would actually put this jerk on tv. I so do not want to see his face anywhere. He is a lying cheat with low character and should go away into the wilderness and live there.

    August 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. James

    Go for it Levi! I'm sure you WON"T quit like Palin does!

    August 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. chris24

    more white trash tv, just
    what america needs.

    anyone have an original idea out there
    that doesn't involve morons like palin, etc?

    no wonder every other country thinks we
    are idiots.

    August 10, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. sg

    Hmmm, does this mean Levi will be in-line to be a VP candidate for the 2016 elections or so? I mean, it's an executive leadership position, and he can see Russia, and all...

    August 10, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Nick, CA

    Ha ha.. This guy is going to be a thorn in Palin's side as long as it is giving him cash flow!! This just keeps getting better and better!!! You right wingers are just in denial about who you really are because you seem to be every bit as screwed up as the rest of us non Republicans!!

    August 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. AmusedByItAll

    Oh, this was most definitely my laugh of the day! But, then–could he do worse than those before him?

    August 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. ruty

    Go Levi go. Just don't be a quitter like QUITTER PALIN.

    August 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Retired Army Guy

    Seriously? THIS GUY is going to make a run for mayor? Anybody who votes for Levi needs their head checked. Just when you thought Alaska politics couldn't get any worse...

    This ought to be a comedian's dream.

    August 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Military Mom

    So-called reality shows are nothing more than a replacement for talented writing.

    None of these shows actually deal with the reality of main stream Americans anywhere.

    They continue to have to sink to new lows to create these ridiculous shows, and in this case they decided to dig.

    What junk.

    August 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Gail

    Levi stop already. Go home and be a DADDY.

    August 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. ndlily

    It's official. The apocalypse is here.

    August 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. kcl

    LOL Made my day!!!

    August 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. No Incumbents

    Johnston has a bright future and will bring much-needed attention to the day-to-day needs of towns like Wasilla. Posing for Playgirl won't hurt him, just ask former male nude model Senator Scott Brown. Johnston doesn't need the fame or the money, he already has that, so running for office must come from the heart. Besides, Johnston is the All-American boy who has shown he can certainly arouse the interest of the ladies which is all that matters in modern campaigns (just ask Scott Brown).

    August 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Donna

    I don't know why the media is continuing to give attention to this sad, immature "man". He should be concentrating on providing for his son and being a good father instead of looking for attention in the public eye. Years down the road he will wish that he was present in his son's life. Bristol and her son are better off without him.

    August 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Marilyn

    No wonder he and his former "almost mother in-law can't get along. They are too much alike. Neither of them will just fade into the sunset quietly. They are both camera hungry nut cases.

    August 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Mark

    What a joke. The Palin Chronicles continue. I suppose if the Alaskans think Sarah was qualified to be Governor then this dim bulb can be Mayor of Wasilla. Standards needed to run for office seem to be how many guns you got and how many jobs you have quit.

    August 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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