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Sarah Palin joins pilot for ‘Judge Judy’-style reality show

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will star in

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will star in a reality-TV pilot, acting as a judge deliberating cases. Credit: Getty Images / Aaron P. Bernstein

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin plans to deliberate cases as a TV reality-show judge.

Howard Bragman, a spokesman for the Montana-based production company Warm Springs, confirmed to USA Today on Tuesday that Palin, 52, signed on last month to star in a pilot for a projected syndicated daytime show that would debut next year. People magazine had first reported the news, citing an anonymous source.

The publicist expressed confidence that despite Palin not being a lawyer, the pilot would sell. “She’s sold millions of books,” he told the paper, “one of which sold over two million copies, she’s a proven ratings draw, she has close to six million followers on social media, she has a huge audience, and you can say that audience corresponds well with a daytime audience.”

The executive producer is Larry Lyttle, whose credits include similar shows “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown,” said The Hollywood Reporter. No studio was announced for the still-unnamed pilot.

Palin’s on-air experience includes a role as a Fox News contributor through last year, and as star of the TLC reality show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” from 2010-11. She also was a regular on the 2012 Lifetime reality show “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.”

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